Wrestling Alone

SOME time ago, a woodman and myself stood near a giant oak tree. admiring its stately appearance. Its trunk was immense, its huge branches extended far out over the surrounding pasture-land, while above the ground could be seen portions of its large roots. In viewing this king of the field, the woodman exclaimed, "Any one could see that this tree grew apart from all others." It had been exposed to the raging storms of many New England winters, and had withstood, again, the sudden summer hurricane, yet it stood a conqueror, giving grateful shelter to man and bird and beast.

As we contemplate the experiences of the world's great moral and spiritual leaders, we are impressed with the fact that at the crises of their careers they have been, to human sense, alone. Jacob wrestled alone with the angel, and in our text-book we are given the wonderful significance of this struggle. (See Science and Health, p. 308.)

Moses was alone when the command of God was given him to take up the mighty task of liberating his brethren from Egyptian bondage. Elijah, fleeing from the wrath of Jezebel, went alone into the wilderness, where the supremacy of God, good, was revealed to his consciousness.

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