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Put those feet on the rock

Adapted from the Christian Science Sentinel

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There were times when I would be aghast. There were times when I would marvel. A friend's husband was a building contractor. More than once when the opportunity arose, he would sell their current house as is, often fully furnished.

Sometimes such a sale would take my friend completely by surprise. But by the time I met her, she dealt with this situation calmly. She knew how to buy and replace the new furnishings she wanted. And as far as I could tell over several years, it did not stress her.

When I would ask my friend about this, she would laugh and say that you just have to learn what's important.

For most of us, stability is important. People are not thrilled by change. Even if it is good, change challenges many of us.

So the question comes up, "When life can change dramatically so many times, where do we find stability?"

I remember my reaction after experiencing my first mild but very noticeable earthquake. I thought, If I can't even trust the earth to be still, I'm going to have to put all my trust in God. I took this point seriously, and I began studying the book of Psalms. This quickly turned me in the right direction. Here's one verse among several that helped right away: "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings" (40:2).

Even in the swirl of change, there is a constant. No matter what happens on the human scene, we have a spiritual, divine connection with God, who is supreme Truth and Love. When we are conscious of this spiritual link, change can swirl all it wants. We still know that all is well and all will be well. Our life isn't fragile or vulnerable. It is in the caring and strong hands of our Father-Mother God. To me, this understanding is the rock. This is the foundation I need when I am undergoing unexpected changes. I've been learning to lean on God, to trust the fact that He is in control.

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