Several years ago, after much prayer, I was inspired to place my house on the market to sell, with the brave intent of moving clear across the country. However, months went by and there was no sale. I lowered the price twice, and made some minor cosmetic changes to make the property more appealing. Still there was no sale. Then I wondered if maybe this failure to sell was a “sign” from God that I wasn’t supposed to move after all. But then I thought more deeply about it.
If a student of mathematics has trouble solving an equation, that wouldn’t be a “sign” that the problem isn’t solvable. The student knows that because the principles of mathematics are already established, the solution has already been established. She also knows that she is fully capable of understanding and applying those principles correctly in order to find the right answer.
It was my deep and earnest desire to understand the principles of divine Science at work in my life. I wasn’t seeking a specific human outcome to my housing situation, but an understanding of my true, spiritual home. As I listened for divine Principle’s – God’s – guidance, I gained a wonderful calm clarity. I realized that the fact that my house had failed to sell just meant that my house had not sold, and that believing that circumstance was a “sign” was a superstition.
To conclude that each event in our human experience – both good and bad – must have divine authority, is a misguided belief. It is as unscientific as believing that the roll of the dice or the numbers on a lottery ticket are sanctioned by heaven, God, the all-knowing Mind, does not play games with His beloved creation. Nor is “fate” another name for omnipotent God.
There is an exact, dependable, invariable, and loving divine Principle governing our lives, including housing decisions. And that divine Principle is God. Turning away from human speculation about what was “supposed to be”, I focused on gaining an understanding of what is. I began to see that it actually didn’t so much matter where in the world I lived. My true sense of home is not a geographical spot on Earth, because I am always at home in the all-inclusiveness of God’s love. Restlessness or mere thrill-seeking adventurism also had no place in this settled spiritual home.
Such peace followed these realizations! All confusion and uncertainty vanished as spiritual reasoning based on divine Principle overcame human reasoning in my thought. Within a month, the house sold, I moved and settled into a new place. My peaceful understanding of my spiritual “home” stayed with me, much like a snail has its shell everywhere it goes.
What truly is “supposed to be” already is and ever was. It requires no anxious waiting for tea leaves to reveal a pattern or for unseen mysterious forces to come into play and coalesce a plan. The fact is that God, good, is the only cause. Harmony and order are the effects. Speculation about what is humanly “supposed to be” must give place to these divine facts.
We may become sidetracked by imagining scenarios of chance or failure, but when we look out from the mountaintop of spiritual understanding and keep this higher view, we find no need to join the game of guessing and weighing outcomes. This higher view is based on the allness of God, good. And we can surely expect God’s goodness in our lives. This is not watching with sheer optimism, to see how the wind blows, and equating that with God’s will.
This “whatever happens is supposed to happen” or “everything happens for a reason” thinking entertains the possibility that bad outcomes and uncertainty are God’s will. We may start to ask God multiple choice questions like “Will I find my right home, or not”? or “Will I be healed, or not”? God’s will has no either/or when it comes to our care. God’s will is invariable good, and can have no other conclusion but good in our lives.
Mary Bakes Eddy writes: “Immortal Mind is God, immortal good; in whom the Scripture saith ‘we live, and move, and have out being’. This Mind…is the divine intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss, as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible good”. (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, pp. 82-83) Understanding this true condition of our existence gives us a foundation upon which to build our expectations of the right resolution to any questions we face.