In Psalms we read, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord." The importance of the word "steps" in this sentence is corroborated by the fact that all through the Bible each achievement of the prophets and of the disciples is shown to have been accomplished by steps. In the vision of Jacob, the angels of God were seen ascending and descending a ladder composed of steps, indicating that even the angels, "God's thoughts" (Science and Health, p. 581) do not precipitate themselves upon us, nor do we reach them by spontaneous soaring, but by being obedient in taking the steps which eventually bring us to spiritual heights.

In analyzing her own attitude, the writer has been amazed at the stumbling-blocks which would effectually conceal steps of progress. We ourselves place or allow to be placed these stumbling-blocks, and then we either stumble over them and go on an impeded way because we do not see clearly, or we sit down behind them for an indefinite time where we cannot see. Perhaps the step is just the righting of a wrong thought which we have cherished. If so, the daily prayer found in Psalms, "Create within me a clean heart," will help to dispose of this obstacle. Or perhaps we have withheld something of our time, our love, or our substance, which should have been given, either through fear of lack or a selfish desire to retain and thus increase our own supply. Both of these erroneous beliefs are rebuked in the story of the widow's experience in supplying food to Elijah, who assured her that the "barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail," and the verity of his words was proven.

February 17, 1912

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