One stormy day, I was sitting at my desk at the university where I was teaching. The bell had rung, indicating the end of a class period, when I suddenly heard loud crashing sounds outside my window. Startled, I looked out to see hail, about three inches in diameter, pummeling the sidewalk. I mentally asked, 'What should I do?' Instantly recalling Jesus' stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee and similar experiences at Mrs. Eddy's Pleasant View home, I heard the call to 'Stand and face it!' I complied, standing at the window and facing the tumult. Since I knew that several thousand students were traversing the campus, my prayer was, very simply, that there be no hurt. The last hail stone dropped to the ground within about three seconds.
In a few minutes, students started arriving in the hallway outside my office. They all were excited to tell their testimonial stories about what had been used to protect them: a shed, a wall, a motorcyclist driving up on a porch, an unlocked door. It was all so harmonious! I listened and silently rejoiced.
There was not a single report of anyone
being hit by a hailstone in the local news. "He shall cover
thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler" (Ps 91:4).
George Denninger ©