Three years ago, my husband and I became parents. Like most parents who are preparing for the arrival of their first child, everything in our experience was new, from having to decide on the baby items we would need, to doing all the organizational things necessary to get ready for a newborn. As Christian Scientists, we turned wholeheartedly to God for guidance during this time. While family and friends were giving us loving support and we got helpful and practical advice from different parenting books, we felt that all this could never replace the God-inspired assurance that all would be well and that we would have everything we needed. We knew that this assurance could come only from understanding God as Father-Mother of all and deeply trusting that He was guiding us all along the way.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, and a mother herself‚ wrote, “Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 307). We felt that this passage was speaking to us in our new journey as parents-to-be. It seemed like a promise coming directly from God, reassuring us that this new chapter was fully unfolding with Love’s help. We didn’t have to worry about any detail in relation to the arrival of this little one. Everything would fall into its right place. Divine Love was providing for us all.
My husband and I felt fortunate to be able to spend the three months following our son’s birth at home with him, which was a special time for us. Afterward we both had to go back to work, and we needed to find child care. At the time we were living in a neighborhood that offered a lot of day care, so we thought it would be easy to find a good place. To our surprise, most day-care centers were already full when we called. We were a little discouraged, but this promise from the Bible gave us a lot of peace: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21). This passage spoke to our heart. We read it several times, and it helped us trust in divine guidance. When reading it, we couldn’t help thinking about the fact that the “word behind thee” comes from God and that we were relying on God’s guidance. This helped us trust that all would be well.
My husband and I understood that our son was already a complete idea of God, fully provided for and cared for by divine Love. Therefore, God already had a place prepared for him.
After praying with these ideas for about a month, a spot opened up at a child-care center near our home. It was a convenient place, because we could easily take him and pick him up. Also, there were a lot of children there, and the staff was very friendly.
But several months later, the director of the facility informed us that they would no longer offer the two-day program in which our son was enrolled and we would have to enroll him for at least two additional days. At first we felt a bit weighed down by this news, because we didn’t need him to be enrolled for more days. We prayed more deeply about the situation. It reminded us that the Father-Mother knows all His children and knows where each one belongs. We continued to pray silently for the next two weeks, trusting that the way was open for our little boy. We also continued taking steps in finding him a new nursery. While we listened closely for God’s guidance, we stuck to this statement in the Christian Science textbook: “The ‘divine ear’ is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 7). This assured us that God already knew our need and would meet it by giving us the right ideas concerning our son’s place. We just had to remain mentally still, and wait trustingly on divine Mind.
To our surprise, most day-care centers were already full when we called.
One day when I was off from work, I decided to go to a local library with our son. While we were there, he started playing with a boy his age, and I started talking with the boy’s mother. At one point she asked me about my son’s day care, and I told her that we were looking for a new place. Right away she told me about the day-care center where her son went and that they were very happy with the place and the people who worked there. She kindly gave me the director’s phone number and encouraged me to call her. That same afternoon I called and, since the nursery was close by, she invited me to visit. I went with my son, and we really liked the place. He seemed to feel very at home. The director was kind, with a lot of love for children. She told us that they had just one spot available, and that my son could start in the new year. As she was saying this to me, I gave infinite thanks to God for this opportunity of seeing His hand in action. His loving provision resulted in finding a beautiful place, full of love for our son.
God already knew our need and would meet it by giving us the right ideas concerning our son’s place.
God’s tangible care for our family helped us understand that all of God’s children are perfectly cared for by our Father-Mother, God. As parents and children, we are always provided for and safe in God’s hands. No one is ever left out of His loving care.
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