Mary Baker Eddy wrote: “The kingdom of God is within you. Know then that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this power and trespass on divine Love..." (Pulpit and Press, p.3)
God's children, all of us, reflect the omniscient Mind that is God. We reflect the fullness of Mind. This means that we can know exactly what we need to know in the right place, at the right time, all the time. We each have a built-in capacity to reflect and express the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-hearing Mind that is God. However, if we believe we possess a separate mind, intelligence or ego, we may be living within the limiting precincts of ignorance, doubt and fear. It's not that we can't see; its that our eyes become closed to what is there to be seen.
Regular, consistent identification with the divine Mind through prayer leads to a better understanding of ourselves as Mind's unlimited reflection. Spiritual understanding strips off self-imposed limits and shows that there really is no restriction to the goodness we can see and express.
The first time I visited Germany with my mother, she was on a quest to locate the house of an ancestor from 1650. Armed with a book that had a photo of the house taken in the early 1900's, but with no specific address, it appeared we had a search ahead of us.
It was late afternoon when we arrived in the town. We decided to walk down a side street to just get a feel for the area, not really knowing where to look for the house. We showed the picture to residents sitting on their porches, but no one recognized the house.
Like many German towns, this one had been laid flat during World War II, and what hadn’t been bombed had been torn down due to dilapidation. So, most of the area was newer construction. Old homes were few and far between. We were told the house was likely gone.
As the daylight began to fade, we needed to get back on the road to find our accommodations for the night. Our travel plans did not leave time for us to come back to continue the search the next day. So, before returning to the car, we decided to walk just a bit further to take some pictures in the twilight.
I could see that mom was disappointed. Although genealogy wasn't my interest, my mother had been researching her family for decades. Tracing her relatives' footsteps had special meaning to her. Walking ahead, I began to pray, when a line from the Psalms came to me: "Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore." (16:11)
It occurred to me that Mind, God delights to open our eyes to good, and we can't be deprived of Mind's delight. The delight of the discovery of good is a normal part of the path of life. Before this prayer, I felt the search for the house was like looking for a needle in a haystack. After this prayer, I stopped looking for the house altogether. Instead, I started looking with delight at the beautiful day, the beautiful town, and the pleasure of spending time with my mom.
The homeowner confirmed with old photographs that we had indeed walked right up to the correct house. It was one of the oldest in the town, dating from the late 1500s, but from all appearances it could have been built in the last 20 years.
Because Mind knows all and we reflect that knowing, our divine Mind delights in leading each of us just around the next corner to see or experience something special. Just because we are each that special to God. Just because we are all that loved.
Don't cut yourself off from the benefits of being you today. As Mind's full reflection nothing worth knowing or seeing can be hidden from you. Identify with omnipresent Mind who is revealing his wondrous kingdom. Be open to and ready for the special delights that your Mind is eager to show you!