By Ginny Luedeman
spiritual perspective to daily life
My husband and I, our two
young children, and our dachshund puppy, Shatzie, hit the road in
an orange VW camper. We weren't sure where we would end up. My
husband was without work, and we had no place to live.
We were afraid
and uncertain as we headed west from North Carolina, where my
husband's military career had suddenly ended. Jobs were scarce,
and his education was in a field of work too specialized for the
current job market.
With very little
money, a gas credit card, and no job prospects, we relied on
prayer to guide us as we went from city to city. As we journeyed,
we read encouraging passages to each other from the Bible and
from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by
Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper. This was a
particularly helpful passage from Science and Health: "Pilgrim
on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of
God" (pg. 254).
This world is
governed by divine Principle, we reasoned. We were not in charge.
We couldn't make life happen. We prayed to be receptive, to
the stars to stay where they are and the earth to continue
rotating. The ocean waves are governed by intelligence, and the
flowers show forth a beauty that speaks of love. Nature points to
a spiritual presence we were coming to understand as God, a name
for the sum total of all good. We were trusting that this same
intelligence would govern our lives also.
We had two
lovely little children to care for, with hearts and minds full of
ideas and hopes. An intelligent Creator, capable of creating so
much good, certainly gives each of His children a way and a place
in which to express the qualities He so beautifully bestows on
them. This thought removed the pressure we were feeling about how
we would provide for our children.
praying along these lines, we asked, "Is this where You want
us, Father?" when we entered each new city. If we didn't
hear an answer, we moved on.
lasted about a month. At night we slept at rest stops, gas
stations, parks, and in new friends' driveways. We were learning
to listen spiritually and to trust. Our peace and hope grew with
each new day. The family time we spent together was close and
happy. Doubt and fear melted mile by mile.
When we finally
reached the West Coast, we called family members in another state
to tell them of our progress. A tenant in a rental home they
owned had unexpectedly decided to move, and they said we could
live there rent-free until we found work. We were able to sell
some things to hold us over, and my husband retrained and began a
As a result of
our prayer and study, the things we learned on the road blossomed
into a new home and job. The limits and walls tumbled down. All
of our needs were met. We felt like cherished guests of God,
loved and cared for.
ended 32 years ago. Our children are now grown and are taking
journeys with their children. Prayer is often their guide also.
retired recently, and again there are some major life changes
ahead. Prayer is still supporting and guiding us today, as we
continue learning and listening, as our Father-Mother God shows
us the way.
The Lord is my
shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still
He restoreth my
soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's
Thou preparest a
table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest
my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will
dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
1-3, 5, 6
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