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Where our future lies

God's love embraced us like a warm blanket.

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Thousands of folks in Tulsa, Okla., watched last month as a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere was unearthed from an underground concrete vault where it had been buried for 50 years as part of a time capsule of American culture.

At a ceremony complete with drumrolls, the crowd gasped when the plastic wrapping was removed, revealing the vintage vehicle covered with rust and mud. Plans to fire up its engine and drive it around town were ruined. "We had such hopes," said one onlooker.

Sometimes the future doesn't turn out according to plan.

Two years ago, I was very content with my life. I'd just received a promotion at work. My wife's job was great. I lived near my family. I enjoyed a great network of friends. My plan was to live in New Orleans forever.

Then hurricane Katrina hit. Overnight, my world was turned upside down. With fear of an unknown future hanging over us, my wife and I faced the fact that our long-term plans would not be realized.

As I contemplated our next steps, I turned to God. I prayed to know that God would always care for my wife and me and that we would always be where we needed to be in His universe. I prayed daily for patience and pure intentions, even as I reminisced over my former life.

Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science, wrote, "Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must 'have her perfect work' " ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 454).

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