Recently I was asked to serve as an interpreter for a roundtable discussion that was to be held in French. I was to interpret into English in real time, because all the partners responsible for the meeting were English speakers and wanted to follow along. It was a good opportunity for me, because it would allow me to improve my skills and, in addition, I would be well paid.
But although I had already completed my university studies and obtained a degree in English linguistics, it seemed far from realistic to me that I would be able to speak and understand the English language as a native would. So at first this opportunity, instead of making me completely happy, made me lack confidence in myself.
I had been studying Christian Science for a few years, so it felt natural to turn to God for help in this situation. I humbly acknowledged that I needed to listen for inspiration from God and let divine Mind, the only true intelligence, take the reins. The following passage from the book of Proverbs helped me a lot: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (3:5, 6). This passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, was also encouraging: “Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life” (p. 215). I also asked a friend who is a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me.
Science and Health defines God as “the great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence” (p. 587). And in the same book, it says that man is “the reflection of God, or Mind …; that which has no separate mind from God; that which has not a single quality underived from Deity; that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker” (p. 475).
What is needed to experience the intelligence of Mind in our lives is to pay attention and be receptive.
These two definitions identify God as the intelligence that man—a term that includes everyone—expresses. This intelligence is always active and knows everything as spiritual, good, and true. And it does not depend at all on our education to express itself in us. Christ Jesus demonstrated this. For instance, he taught in a temple, and those who witnessed the scene “marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” (see John 7:14, 15).
What is needed to experience the intelligence of Mind in our lives is to pay attention and be receptive. It is of little importance where we are and under what conditions we find ourselves; this intelligence is always available.
The book of Exodus in the Bible recounts how God sent Moses to Pharaoh to free his people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt. Taking into consideration only his human abilities as an orator, Moses replied to God that he was not eloquent, throwing doubt on his ability to accomplish the mission entrusted to him. But God reassured him by promising to be the One who would inspire him, and that’s what happened. At first this help came through Aaron, who spoke for him; Moses also went on to speak directly, and successfully, himself on numerous occasions.
This promise is alive today for all of us. Anyone who has to meet some challenge involving intelligence, but feels worried about it, can turn to God as Mind for help.
I was a happy witness to this in the translation situation. A few days before the session I was to translate, I was given a manual intended to help me. But during those few days, instead of studying this manual, I prayed to understand that the omnipresent and omniscient divine intelligence was truly governing me, as God governs all of His children. And on the day of the meeting, before leaving home, I acknowledged in prayer that this was an opportunity for me to glorify God and to express His constant presence and care.
I was able to successfully perform my role as interpreter, and the whole team was satisfied at the end. The words came effortlessly.
That was indeed the case. It turned out that the manual I had been given in advance would not have been of much use to me because the discussions went in new directions during the meeting. But I was nonetheless able to successfully perform my role as interpreter, and the whole team was satisfied at the end. The words came effortlessly, as was often the case with Moses when face to face with Pharaoh.
Everything is possible to God, the only true Mind and intelligence. We only have to place ourselves entirely in His hands, to seek and follow His guidance, and we will experience the harmony of the kingdom of heaven right where we are.
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