Recalling those lyrics it reminds me that I’ve always been in awe of thunder and lightning, amazed just listening and watching the skies when they roar and light up – I have always found it beautiful, not violent or angry. That’ s a great thought but I’ve been pondering it more lately from a metaphysical christian standpoint. God was not in the earthquake, he was in the still small voice – the calm after the storm..
‘And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.’ 1 Kings 19:11 1-2
God is not in wind, earth or fire but in the still small voice. Perhaps the wind, earthquake and fire represent the purification of thought, from a material perspective to the spiritual real one. When a friend of mine was ill with psychosis, it was like wind, earthquake, fire and a storm all wrapped into one. I had a Christian Science practitioner working for me to help me see the reality of the situation and I said to her one day that I was finding it really challenging to see above it all, the nightmare just seemed so real. She told me a story, as they do and asked me to work on seeing the calm that Jesus saw and realised.
‘ But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.’ Luke 8:23-24
‘they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.’ Psalms 107: 28-30
‘If thought yields its domination to other powers, it cannot outline on the body its own beautiful images, but it effaces them and delineates foreign agents, called disease and sin.’ S&H 485:24
To mortal carnal sense, if thought accepts beliefs in other powers to God, its externalized expression through the body and in life experiences will not be an expression of God, (God’s witness) as his image and likeness altogether beautiful but will be erased, wiped out. This is represented, outlined externally expressed by foreign agents (mortal mind), called dis-ease and sin.
So what is the relevance to the earth, fire, wind and flood – well it is quite simple really. It is basically saying that if you put your faith in mortal or carnal mind you are missing the mark, no longer on the straight and narrow, your aim, your thoughts are no longer perfect in God but are instead wandering or worshiping other gods – that is paganism, spiritualism, hypnotism – mesmerism, astrology, numerology, greek mythology, matter, materialism, anything antagonistic towards God.
It’s basically saying you either believe in many gods – more than one power or one Mind, intelligence of the universe and creator of all things good or that god is both good and bad, love and hate, life and death, truth and error – which logically is ridiculous. God is one and God is good, love, truth, life, peace, light – soul and substance. ‘The kingdom of God is within you – that is within the man of God’s creating.
Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health writes that “Superstition and understanding can never combine. When the final physical and moral effects of Christian Science (the science of Christ) are fully apprehended, the conflict between truth and error, understanding and belief, Science and material sense, foreshadowed by the prophets and inaugurated by Jesus, will cease, and spiritual harmony reign. The lightnings and thunderbolts of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the earth. As St. Paul says: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (of Spirit)” S & H 288
Do we have to experience the fire, the earthquake, the storm or the wind? God gave man dominion over all the earth. Jesus didn’t wait for the storm to pass for the great calm, he ‘rebuked’ the wind and there was a great calm.
rebuked: rebuke somebody (for something/for doing something) (formal)to speak severely to somebody because they have done something wrong – Jesus rebuked the wind – the carnal mind, the belief in a power opposed to God. He didn’t let it have its time, he silenced it, gone… how did he do that?
Jesus didn’t muck around and say, we’ll just sit this one out – he dealt with every obstacle that came his way. In fact, he was so living the mind of Christ that he never saw obstacles – he saw opportunities to demonstrate God’s work, to show the completeness, oneness, the health and harmony of Love, of God. And the most beautiful part he did it for the non believers, he didn’t need to do it for himself – he knew and lived God. He did it for others so that we might follow in his footsteps.
Mary Baker Eddy says “Christian scientific practice begins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, “Be not afraid!”… “If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. ” John 11:8
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also established them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalms 148
And what happens when we start to praise God and give him the glory due his name, to not only have faith but to understand, to practice, to comprehend and discern the great I AM, the creator of all things, all intelligence, omnipotent, omnipresent, omni-action and omniscience goodness? We start to see his world, his creation, his beauty and wonder, his love, his peace and his harmony. God’s all in all and when that happens that seeming raging storm it quietens and there is a great calm, a great peace and love is in the air! (made me think of Paul Youngs song … Love is in the air, everywhere I look around!) That’s when healing occurs and all is well. When we feel God’s presence with us.
That’s the moment of Truth! We get a glimpse of the Light and the realization that God is all, created all perfect and good and true and there is nothing else besides him. That anything unlike God is a lie and the father of lies, ripe for destruction. That we are part of the kingdom of God, that is ‘the kingdom of God is within us’ and that ‘in him we live and move and have our being’, that we can never be separated in reality from God and that there is nothing else, none else – that is when the erroneous beliefs flee from us.
Oh yeah my very dear friend recovered 100% naturally within a few weeks, got a job and started smiling again. It was a very serious situation and one I may talk about again another time. For now, I am most grateful – beyond measure. We just have to climb that mountain above the clouds (the mist, the storm, the thunder, the lightening, the earthquake) to see God in action. See the peace and tranquility ’round about, everywhere – that God is and he is ‘ever-present and a very pleasant help in trouble’.
Thunder Lightning very very frightening – not Me. Why not? Because I know there is no reality in it – God is reality, God is real and God is the still small voice of Love beckoning me and guiding me to be, do and know all and only good.
Interesting, I wrote this the other day, I hesitated with the quote as it also mentioned the ‘earthquake’. And I was thinking about how I have always been amazed at the thunder and lightning – yet not so much earthquakes but only 2 days ago – helping a friend with her assignment in my dining room, I heard a noise as if a strong wind was moving over the tiles on the roof. ‘What was that?’ she said. I immediately said, without thinking ‘oh that was nothing’, took stock and said ‘but it sorted of sounded like a low flying aircraft or something, who knows!’. A few minutes later my son yelled out from his room… ‘mum, it was an earthquake’. Makes me think of that song ‘that don’t impress me much’. Is it not the ability to see through the lie and not be impressed by it.
Well there you go, God is not in the earthquake either. Whether we consider the thunder, lightening, storm, earthquake from either a physical perspective or a mental perspective, representing chaos, violence, anguish, despair, torment; God is not in there but in the still small voice, the gentle guidance and the calm reassurance of security, love and peace that all is well and all is well. Let our physical senses manifested by the mortal – carnal mind not deceive us.