I recently had a mouse in my house. We thought the cats would solve the problem but after several weeks we purchased live traps. A few days later we caught the mouse and released it in the woods. Problem solved!
I discussed this issue with a family member who shared her stories of catching mice, including the use of sticky paper.
I’m personally not a fan of the sticky paper method, but thinking about this sticky paper did prove to be a useful analogy in my spiritual practice.
I was praying during the church service this last Sunday. It was uplifting, inspiring and healing. However, now and then, these thoughts would come out of no where: feeling personally offended by a situation, rehearsing another uncomfortable situation, etc.
This was my response: there is no “sticky paper” in my consciousness to trap these thoughts. I could simply let them go — no reaction, no distraction. I did let them go and continued on with my prayers. And I felt so uplifted!
This is a process I would highly recommend to anyone! You could also think of the analogy of throwing spaghetti noodles at the wall — in this case, we don’t want them to stick!
Sometimes finding a solution to a problem can take a while. It may require patience, persistent prayer and not giving up.
But God is right here guiding us; He always been and always will be. Sometimes we don’t see it until later. It reminds me of the scene with Humpty Dumpty in the movie Puss in Boots — except not in a creepy way, but in a good way!
Praying about global issues today (hungry children, young girls living on the streets and environmental issues) showed me that God is embracing each one of these dear people and is eradicating these troublesome issues. God’s will for each one is peace, harmony and perfection.
“Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation.” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.332)
“Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? …. If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11 NRSV)
Yes, seeing the complete resolution of these issues may take some time. But prayer does make a difference, and as we each open our thought to seeing results from our prayers, we will experience blessings that make a difference every day.