Written by Robert Carswell, CS
National news reports about the recent shooting on the UT at Austin campus paint a picture of near tragedy for the purpose of emphasizing the danger on college campuses around the country, and its relevance to possible legislation allowing students to carry concealed weapons. The incident, and news responses quite naturally lead us to consider ‘protection’, of what it consists and its source.
Campus security has been enhanced over recent years at all levels of education, as has student and parent awareness of potential danger. Electronic surveillance, increases in manpower, and computerized information exchange are wise innovations intended to further protect the students and teachers. While human footsteps are comforting, no one would argue that these preventative measures afford complete protection. So where can we turn for such assurance?
The Bible unfolds and reveals the only source of complete, total security. In the book of Isaiah, we read this promise: “Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.”
For thousands of years, even before the birth of Christ Jesus, man has turned to our heavenly God for supply, discovering that human needs can be met in every circumstance. Jesus proved beyond all doubt that we could rely upon God’s loving protection, that our divine Father-Mother is with us no matter where we are, providing total security, meeting our every need whether if be for healing our bodies, nourishment, comfort, or protection from forces that seem beyond our control.
“Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.” These words were written by the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy in her best-selling book, Science And Health With Key To The Scriptures, that begins with this assurance: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.”
Turning to God, attesting to His infinite Love for mankind brings into full view divine protection, a corrective element that allay fears, secures us from harm, defuses crises, and not just for us but also for all within our thought. Whether student, parent, or concerned citizen, we can turn to God with complete confidence, being assured of this Truth written by Mary Baker Eddy, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”