I think about our world a lot. I belong to lots of environmental
organizations and read articles about threats to the viability of
the planet, fears of what global warming could bring, deforestation,
soil erosion, displacement of indigenous people, overpopulation,
introduced species invading native ecosystems. It can get discouraging
if I accept that there is another power apart from God, but I have
learned firsthand to trust the statement when God says, "I
am the Lord, and there is none else." I believe in one omnipotent
Father-Mother God, loving and sustaining Her creation.
One night though, I was struggling, almost overwhelmed with a burdened
feeling that our planet was moving in a headlong, hopeless decline
as long as people continued to be so wasteful and careless of the
natural environment. It seemed so many wanted to do what was convenient
or cheap without regard to the future or to the environment. I was
so troubled in fact, that I couldn't sleep. I knew the only way
to find my peace was through prayer. So I got out of bed and began
to listen for some better, higher ideas to guide me in my prayer
about these problems instead of just worrying about them. Worry
doesn't heal. I decided to get out my dictionary and look up words
like "environment, endangered, extinct, habitat, home and atmosphere."
The first one surprised me – "Environ – to form
a ring around, surround, encompass or encircle"
Immediately I thought of a hymn which begins, "Everlasting
arms of Love are beneath, around, above…from earth's fears
and vain alarms, safe in His encircling arms, He will keep us all
the way, God our refuge, strength and stay."
This was a more spiritual, helpful and hopeful view of the environment
than I had been thinking about before. That reminded me of a sentence
I had memorized long ago in Sunday School. It is from Science and
Health also. (Science and Health, page 269: 14) "Metaphysics
resolves things into thoughts and exchanges the objects of sense
for the ideas of soul." I reasoned that since God is Mind with
a capital "M", and Mind's creation is all ideas, then
we and all God's other ideas, the plants, the animals, water, and
air are really spiritual ideas. You, me and all of creation are
Over five generations my family has had hundreds of healings by
turning whole-heartedly to God. Some healings were instantaneous.
Some took longer. Some I'm still praying about. Some were childhood
diseases, some claimed to be incurable, some were broken bones,
some healings of lost articles, finding a new home, a new job, a
tumor dissolved, deafness, blindness, blood poisoning, natural childbirth
and many healings of pets from birds to horses to dogs to rabbits.
As I thought about the healings I have seen of animals by understanding
their relation to God, "I thought why not change things into
thoughts for all the species of the world? For all the plants and
animals of the world?"
This was a big idea for me!
I also looked up "endangered". We hear a lot about endangered
species of plants and animals. That is the belief that life might
not be sustainable, that these organisms may perish, may go extinct.
The dictionary said it meant, "to bring to danger or peril."
But that definition reminded me of just the opposite when Noah took
all the animals that were in danger of being flooded into the ark
where it was safe. Mary Baker Eddy's book Science and Health has
a second part called the Key to the Scriptures which includes some
very helpful explanations of biblical terms and passages. In her
glossary she defines ARK as "Safety: Science showing that the
spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever."
Those words "exist forever" are the opposite of the awful
word "extinct". So I looked extinct up in the dictionary
too. It means "No longer living or active, quenched, destroyed,
annihilated". Mary Baker Eddy never uses the word extinct.
But she did write, "Mind and its formations can never be annihilated."
This is an absolute statement which I held to as the truth of my
being and all being.