In the graphic account of Paul's experience in time of shipwreck (Acts, 27) we read that in darkness and peril they cast anchor "and wished for the day." It is said that at Waterloo, when the result still trembled in the balance, Wellington wished for either night or Blucher. Wellington was not the only mortal to whom suspense brought no patience to calm the anxious thought and speed the lagging hours. His was a material warfare, the enemy tangible flesh and blood; the dreadful carnage, like the immediate effect of the impact of a terrible blow from a mighty fist, whose fearful force in extending circles struck many an English and French home, made even the Iron Duke pray for a respite, however brief. Doubtless, while involved in the immediate problem confronting him, he lost sight of the larger issue, the international aspect of the whole question about which he was endeavoring to deal out a final, decisive answer.

It is this partial loss of sight which places a pall over some of the stars in our night of great endeavor. It may be the healing of a particularly stubborn disease, or the solving of a business or domestic trouble, that we allow to whelm up so largely in our thoughts, to the exclusion of all the joy that would come to us by an open-eyed apprehension of the infinite freedom and glory which Christian Science is bringing to the whole world. We must get away from this somewhat egotistical phase. We shall catch no fish there; we must launch out into the deep, and gain, as Samuel Longfellow says,—

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