SOMETIMES bad things, like eviction notices, urge us to look harder for God's blessings--and find them!
When I was a new student of Christian Science, I read everything that I could borrow from our neighborhood Christian Science Reading Room. I found the children's books especially delightful because they so beautifully and simply expressed God's unconditional love for His offspring (you and me). I had previously imagined God to be wrathful, changeable, judgmental. He was a ``big man in the sky.'' So it took some doing for me to grasp the tenderness and might of God, who is divine Mind.
One children's story that helped me went like this: A mother and her young daughter were riding a bus through a slum area. The girl asked her mother if someone could love God in such a place. The mother explained that if you understood the absolute goodness of Love, either the circumstances in the slum would improve or you would leave those conditions.
The story had deep meaning for me because I felt that I lived in bad conditions. I was a single mother trying to raise two young children. Our rented house was run-down. I had a limited budget, which meant, I thought, that I could not move or pay higher rent or pay moving expenses. I felt trapped.
Then it got worse: an eviction notice arrived in the mail. My first reaction was panic. But before I became completely paralyzed by panic, I turned to God in prayer. I also asked a friend to pray with me. We both understood that we needed to turn to and trust Love--God--in all circumstances. We began first by changing our view of the eviction. People often see eviction notices, pink slips, and other terminations as devastating. But, as we found, when we trust God's love and tender care for His creation, they can also catalyze wonderful spiritual progress. As Christ Jesus assures us in the Bible, in Matthew's Gospel, ``Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.''