The storm's landfall was imminent. For days we had waited while Hurricane Fran took her course, and on this night in September 1996, her path was bearing down on the Carolinas where we lived.
A relative of ours lived further inland in North Carolina and needed our help, so my teenaged son and I drove up to be with her. After reaching her house, we spent the next several hours praying—using ideas from the Bible and Science and Health for inspiration. But at about 10 p.m., the winds picked up, cutting off the electricity, so we all retired.
I continued to pray in bed, affirming that God, divine Mind, governs His universe intelligently and wisely. I asked to be alert to any ideas that I needed to pray with to realize the safety that our divine Parent provides for us, regardless of weather conditions. I remembered a story in the Hebrew Scriptures that tells of the prophet Elijah seeing an earthquake, wind, and fire. The Bible records that God was not in any of those phenomena, but that they were followed by "a still small voice." I Kings 19:12. That voice spoke to Elijah, showing him that God was with him even in the midst of those devastating physical forces. I fell asleep assured that we would be safe.