A woman was expressing deep sorrow to me one day because a close relative of hers was suffering from some major health setbacks. She felt guilty, and even in the wrong, because her life was going fine, and the others’ experience was not.
After listening a while, I said to her, “Your friend is not being left behind. God is with him. God is giving him everything he needs to triumph over that struggle and come out on top.”
There was silence on the phone. Then suddenly, she perked up and said, “You are right. I was thinking that I had an advantaged position over him. And that’s not true! God is with both of us. It was self-righteous of me to think that I was better off than he is.”
Her grief vanished, and joy returned. We agreed to pray and see this man in his true spiritual light, which would in turn bless him, but in the meantime, it was important to not see him at a disadvantage because of what the material senses were reporting about him. He was a child of God, loved by God as much as anyone. God was with him, ensuring that he had everything he needed to fulfill his spiritual purpose, live his eternal life, and healthily so. Error would not have the final say. Truth would!
With God, no one is ever left behind. Whether homeless on the street, living in a palace, or roaming in the desert, every individual has their place with God that is theirs forever. It is never lost. One individual’s place is no higher or lower than another’s. It’s all the same with God—equally good!
“Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals” Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 13.