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Undisturbed after a break-in

From the September 2020 issue of The Christian Science Journal


“We are undisturbed.” These were the words of assurance I spoke to my neighbors. My husband and I had just arrived home from a trip to see our house in a shambles after a break-in. 

In autumn of 2018, my husband and I had made a long journey to stay in a beautiful part of the country to celebrate a special occasion. On the morning after our arrival, I received a phone call from my neighbor to say that our house had been broken into and we should return home. I expressed gratitude for her call and assured her that we would return immediately. 

Soon after we heard from our neighbor, I shared with my husband, who is not a Christian Scientist, that we could feel undisturbed by this experience, and this powerful concept did away with fear. Turning immediately to the ever-present Christ and to the teachings of Christian Science to lead us onward and upward, I claimed our right to be “undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses” as explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 306). 

In times of trouble, I’ve also found something that Christ Jesus said in the Gospel of John to be very helpful. We read that he calls the devil, evil, “a liar, and the father of it” (8:44). This puts “error”—the mistaken assumption that another power besides God is in control—immediately behind us and enables us to go forward while listening to what the Christ is saying. 

I turned immediately to the ever-present Christ.

On our journey back home, I used my mobile phone to contact our bank to block our accounts (as a precaution) and to phone our insurance company, who arranged to send out someone to temporarily repair the outer front door. I was also so grateful to be able to access helpful articles from the Christian Science periodicals on JSH-Online.com.

When we finally arrived home, there was a man from the repair company already standing in the middle of our front lawn working at his workbench, sawing wood to repair the front door. 

Although the scene we met was dramatic—a door completely smashed in and glass all over the carpets, our belongings thrown around both downstairs and upstairs, drawers emptied, and dirty shoeprints on our bed from someone walking over it—I felt God’s presence. As God is good and the only reality, this scene presented by mortal mind, what the Bible calls the “carnal mind,” was not the reality. 

This so-called mind is merely a supposititious viewpoint containing only the substanceless boast that God is absent. This so-called mind’s suggestions can always be refuted in human consciousness through Christian Science, and human circumstances are improved and corrected when this is done. On page 207 of Science and Health we read, “The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things,” or in other words, God, good, knows what is really going on. And we can listen to God to tell us what is true about His kingdom and His children.

We were able to feel settled and safe.

I immediately began to express the spiritual qualities of tidiness and orderliness. As I swept the hall, my two dear neighbors appeared at the front door looking dismayed. That’s when I shared with them that we felt undisturbed. They looked relieved; I’d meant to communicate that God, good, was all around us and governing.

My husband and I eventually discovered that nothing of value had been taken. I then realized that it was very important not to give in to the temptation to sit in our house that evening feeling anxious that something else might happen, because, as the Bible instructs in Psalm 62, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him” (verse 5). God’s all-power meant that there had been no actual disturbance in the harmony of His ever-present government. I shared with my husband that we should continue with our weekend as planned, and I was very grateful that he agreed. We were able to leave our house still feeling settled and safe.

Above all, I felt that our home had never actually been broken into at all, because our true home is the inviolable consciousness of divine Love.

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