In Psalms, it is said that God “maketh me to lie down in green pastures” (23:2). This is referring to God’s care for our human experience, but I also see in it the reassurance that His spiritual creation is calm, attentive, and peaceful.
One afternoon I realized one of our four dogs, who happened to be quite shy, was choking on something. I was trying to help, but he wouldn’t let me near him. I was praying and listening for direction. His little face was cut and bleeding in places from his attempts to remove the object with his paw, and I must be honest that for a moment I felt completely helpless. But then I calmed down, and I turned and said out loud: “Mortal mind, you are trying to present a moment that is full of fear and helplessness. I refuse to be fooled by you! You are nothing. I know that God is ever present and is my life and this little dog’s life—life that only expresses good and the permanency of Truth.”
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “To remove the error producing disorder, you must calm and instruct mortal mind with immortal Truth” (p. 415). And I feel that’s just what I did.