Stopping the Storms

Don’t let the threatening antics of nature Intimidate:

make timid; fill with fear, to overawe or cow, as through the force of [nature], force into or deter from some action by inducing fear, scare, terrorize, cow, dragoon, subdue; threaten, browbeat, bully, pressure, harass, harry, hassle, hound, torment, tyrannize, persecute; informal lean on, push around, bulldoze, railroad, twist someone’s arm, strong-arm.

Instead check out the antonyms. Notice how many MORE POSITIVE action words are available to counteract the intimidating aspects of nature:

assist, encourage, help, afford, aid, arrange, avail, benefit, bow, comfort, convenience, defer, favor, furnish, gratify, humor, indulge, oblige, pamper, please, provide, serve, settle, submit, suit, supply, support, sustain, yield. animate, applaud, boost, brighten, buck up, buoy, cheer, cheer up, console, embolden, energize, enhearten, enliven, excite, exhilarate, fortify, galvanize, give shot in arm, gladden, goad, hearten, incite, inspire, inspirit, instigate, praise, prop up, psych up, push, rally, reassure, refresh, restore, revitalize, revivify, rouse, spur, steel, stir, strengthen, sway, advise, aid, cooperation, correct, cure, guide, lifting, maintain, nourish, remedy, serve, succor, support, sustain, use, utility.

We humans are so quick to latch onto the false, worst-case scenario. We hide from ourselves the fact that laws of nature are not dark, meddlesome, tyrannical, conspiracies against mankind. The power of “the might of omnipotence and the movements of God’s spiritual government,” comes from and is, divine Mind.
We hide from ourselves the fact that individual man has one identity, one body-not one material AND one spiritual body but ONE body, and that body spiritual, immortal, impervious to death, built not with hands, but with Mind and reflected every moment by and in thought. Despite the mortal appearance, the world has not collapsed. Mind is holding the wind as always in Her loving grasp and building our faith breath by breath, moment by moment, trial by trial. We are as safe as Lazarus in the knowledge we have ONE body built and protected by Love with Love.

Give us to see, as Jesus saw, that ONE body, preserved and cared for by its Creator despite the counterfeit appearance of carnal death and intimidating destruction. “Then, when the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our tatters close about us.” God’s wind is as gentle as a refreshing springtime breeze; a reminder of the most effective storm-chaser of all time-divine Love.

[Quotes are by Mary Baker Eddy]



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