There I was facing a tough choice — go to this a great sounding university with an amazing art program, or stay at the college I was at, which had a wonderful art program but didn’t offer the degree (a BFA) I wanted. After a few hours of solid prayer, it became very clear: stay where you are. That clear sense, a deep confidence, felt good — it wasn’t just happenstance luck.
In that moment it was tempting to think that I was lucky: I was in a good program, met wonderful friends, and even just having that clarity and confidence in my choice to stay. But I had to ask myself — was it really luck? I looked back at the choices I made and each time, even when things weren’t clear, a great sense of calm buoyed my decisions. More than this I felt a clear sense that there was a divine Principle guiding each step. This, I knew, was much better than luck.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
What’s better than luck? Science
Ever since I was a kid I felt there was something infinitely good about life. I couldn’t quite put it into words, but after spending time many Sundays at a Christian Science Sunday School, I began to define this as God’s tender loving care. The Bible describes God’s love as without “variableness or shadow of turning (James 1:17).” This continues to reassure me that trusting in God’s care, and even His/Her perfect design, isn’t made of luck or chance, and comes without variables — things that might give cause to chance or unseen accidents.
One thing I have also learned is that luck is very similar to superstition. Superstition gives rise to both good and evil factors working at the same time. Christian Science on the other hand describes all of God’s creation as governed by divine Mind, God, who is infinite intelligence. Luck can’t have intelligence if it is a walking contradiction — bringing both evil and good. And a god can’t be good if it also causes its creation to experience evil, or is the source of chance.
Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
You have dominion and divine power, not luck
Christ Jesus showed us that God was the power behind every healing action he demonstrated. There was never a moment of luck in his healing ministry. Even when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus gave gratitude for the fact that God heard his prayer always. In her primary work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy brings out that we too can act with the divine power, to accomplish only good, as Jesus so perfectly demonstrated for us. This isn’t some kind of “chance” good that “we have a shot at” attaining. Rather, Eddy’s book shows that God’s loving and protective power is ever with us, and reflected by each of us, because we are made in God’s image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26-27).
And, now, looking back at that college decision — it was probably one of the best decisions of my life. It had a profound impact on other life-choices, and it helped me see that God always leads us to things that are good and reassures us about our decisions and direction by giving us peace.
Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.
Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.424:5-11