No storm surge in God's presence
A Christian Science perspective.
We’ve all heard a lot about hurricanes, storm surges, winds, and the damage feared from them. The power of winds and waves can be intimidating to say the least.
In thinking about this recently, I was led to the Bible’s account of Jesus sleeping in the back of a ship at sea during a storm that was nearly inundating his boat (see Mark 4:36-41). The disciples came to him in fear, convinced they were going to die. But Jesus rebuked the storm and the wind-driven waves, and “there was a great calm” (verse 39). He was infinitely more impressed with the power of God than with the apparent power of the wind, and he trusted that power to govern his surroundings. He never weighed mortal circumstances in the balance with God’s presence and omnipotence.
What if we could talk with Christ Jesus about how to respond to an oncoming hurricane threatening shorelines and low-lying areas of a coastal city? Would he warn us or assure us? Undoubtedly, he would assure us. Hymn 37 from the “Christian Science Hymnal” aptly describes what his assurance to us might convey. The fourth verse reads,
“In vain the surge’s angry shock,
In vain the drifting sands;
Unharmed upon th’ eternal Rock,
The heavenly city stands.” (Samuel Johnson).
Foaming, angry waves can find no entry, and can do no damage, when we recognize that divine Love is actively embracing humanity. As we understand that God is All-in-all, we see that we’re embraced by divine Love wherever we are, and we’re assured that destructive activity from elements of nature have no real spiritual basis.
Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, defined “wind” in part as “That which indicates the might of omnipotence and the movements of God’s spiritual government, encompassing all things” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 597). She saw that mortal circumstances could be overruled by the power of God. In one of her poems she wrote,