Have you faced any “wintry blasts of earth,” recently? Mary Baker Eddy wrote about such events and how blessing can result. She stated,
“The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven” (Science and Health, p. 57).
As a former farmer, I can easily relate to “wintry blasts of earth,” for we frequently faced adverse weather conditions that wiped out our crops or set them back. A farmer is a perennial optimist. To survive, he develops an attitude of “There’s always next year!”
In the above quote, Mary Baker Eddy is talking about more than adverse weather conditions, although they are included. The “wintry blasts of earth,” come in many different forms.
For instance, perhaps one has developed a strong relationship over many years with another person, and what you thought was a trustworthy friend suddenly becomes an enemy. Their turning against you could feel like a “wintry blast.” Or maybe you’ve run a successful business for decades, and for various reasons, your business isn’t making a profit any longer, goes into debt, and shuts down. That could feel like a “wintry blast.” Other “blasts” come in the form of rejection, exclusion, prejudice, targeted malice, or feeling utterly helpless.
Whatever form a “wintry blast,” may take, it can be mastered and used as an opportunity to grow closer to God, the source of all good to begin with.
The adversities of earth can feel like “wintry blasts,” because we were depending upon something human or material for support, and suddenly, it’s gone. The lesson is to move that dependency from matter and people over to God.
God is a reliable source of help under all circumstances. Conditions of the earth come and go, but God’s help is ever-present. Lean on God and remain standing!
“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.”
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. vii.