"There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." This saying was quoted by a certain Lord Avebury. Viewed from the standpoint of Christian Science, the statement is significant, for Science tends to remove from weather the fluctuations and furies of the carnal mind and to reveal true weather as it is in reality, wholly good. "God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good," the Bible tells us (Gen. 1:31).
The fact that mankind generally looks upon the weather as a factor bearing upon health or sickness, pleasure or suffering, abundance or lack, even upon life or death, makes it essential for the Christian Scientist to take the weather out of the dream realm of mortal mind and see it in the light of good, where it becomes to him what it eternally is, good. God is the sole cause of His own perfect universe, and there is no other universe. The atmosphere of Spirit is neither destructive, disastrous, nor extreme.
"Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind." This statement is from page 209 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Mind, the all-knowing intelligence, alone controls its infinite manifestation, man and the universe. One is self-controlled only by recognizing God's government as supreme in his life, as the only motivating power. The weather of earth responds to the spiritual understanding that God's creation is complete, that His atmosphere is perfect and harmonious, and that every factor in it is obedient to the Mind conceiving it.
A dictionary defines "weather" as the "state of the air or atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm." It is this weather that mankind accepts, studies by means of instruments, and watches by scanning the skies, clouds, sunrises, and sunsets. In Science, man dwells in the atmosphere of Soul, Spirit. The answer to all fear of untoward atmospheric conditions is found in a clear understanding of the truth stated in the opening line of a loved hymn (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 144),
In atmosphere of Love divine,
We live, and move, and breathe.
Were we to accept and be governed by the full import of these lines, there would be no angry elements in the carnal mind to find vent in storm or destruction in weather, disaster, or war.
Each one individually contributes to earth's atmosphere by his thinking, and taken collectively, this thinking results in world conditions. There is no world consciousness other than the aggregate of individual emotions, actions, and reactions. Is the tempest of a hot, sultry day any less the fury of so-called mortal mind than the "tempest in a teapot" which the individual allows to boil over because of uncontrolled temper? Is the heavy pressure of an impending storm any more real than the atmosphere that can be figuratively cut with a knife because of suspicion, distrust, and deceit?
In the degree that resentment, strife, critical judgment, envy, jealousy, and hate are overcome and rooted out of daily experience, and kindness, honesty, brotherly affection, and other such God-derived qualities take their place, in just that proportion is the kingdom of heaven, the atmosphere of divine Love, appearing on earth.
In the Gospel of Matthew is recounted an incident of Christ Jesus' stilling of a tempest. He was asleep in a ship, and his disciples, fearful because of the storm, wakened him, crying out to be saved lest they perish. Jesus answered their cries by saying (8:26), "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?" Then, we are told, "He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."
The Master rebuked the mortal belief of violence and fear. His disciples marveled that even the winds and the sea obeyed him, but Jesus personally did not stop the storm; rather did he feel and demonstrate God's power over the belief of uncontrolled mortal elements. In the calm that followed, the disciples had yet another proof of God's ever-presence, constant care, and supreme government.
Mrs. Eddy handled the weather specifically, and she expected her students to do the same. The following is an excerpt from "We Knew Mary Baker Eddy," Second Series (p. 71): "One day Mrs. Eddy called her students into her study and pointed to a very black cloud, shaped like a cornucopia, coming toward the house in direct line with her front study window. She asked each one to go to a window and face it, and to realize that there were no destructive elements in God's creation. Although appearing to whirl straight toward Pleasant View, a mile or so away the cyclone changed its course and went around Concord into the mountains, doing very little damage."
Our Leader and her students rebuked the destructive element by facing it squarely with the truth concerning God's creation, the truth of reality. It is the right and the duty of every Christian Scientist to do the same and not to accept extremes of heat, cold, wind, rain, hail, or snow. No selfishness or human will should enter into work done for atmospheric conditions. It is unselfed love that gains the divine power. It is God's will which brings poise, serenity, and peace, quieting the waves of fear and calming the aggravated upheavals of the mortal dream existence.
When a Church of Christ, Scientist, gives a free public lecture to its community, the metaphysical work done by the members in preparation for it includes the gaining of a right concept of weather. Prayer in Christian Science affirms God's control of the universe, including the weather, and denies extremes, destruction, or danger.
A mild, cloudless Sunday afternoon or weekday evening may seem ideal for the lecture. But what is the genuine attraction? Mrs. Eddy answers this question in Science and Health. There she writes (p. 102), "There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit."
It may well be that the community needs rain for the soil or snow to protect plants from cold. No material conditions can touch or influence God's idea, man, and no elements of the so-called carnal mind can interfere with, disrupt, or disturb the appearing of the message of Truth to human consciousness. No real opposing power exists to prevent the earnest seeker of Truth from attending a Christian Science lecture. The releasing of the occasion from fear or apprehension of weather conditions brings the assurance that the day is God's day and that "even the night shall be light about [us]" (Ps. 139:11).
What is said here does not mean that specific work with regard to weather should be neglected. The conscientious student should adequately handle the beliefs of inclement atmospheric conditions just as he would a belief of sickness. When this earnest, prayerful work is thoroughly done, there will be no interference with the lecture.
Under Soul's government there are no limited or finite beliefs to hinder, deter, or obstruct its harmonious operation. In God's day there is no night, no darkness of mortal error. In Truth there is no bad weather to cause suffering, fear, or danger. What a glorious privilege to glimpse this government of Soul and yield to it, to catch a glimpse of spiritual truth and hold to it until we prove in some measure that the atmosphere of Love fills all space!