"PUT OFF THY SHOES"

Moses, an exile from his early home, was going about his daily duties—tasks which might seem unworthy of one who had occupied the status which had been his at Pharaoh's court. Nevertheless, in his present position the vision was possible that had been veiled from his sight when more closely surrounded by earthly splendors. He had passed from the bewildering glare of mortal greatness, through the wilderness, through "loneliness; doubt; darkness," until he came to the back of the wilderness, "the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence" (Science and Health, p. 597), thence to emerge into the way which led to the promised land of communion with God and the companionship of His spiritual creation. So to his consciousness came the command: "Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."

The vision was not that which was to be worshiped, nor was it to be examined with curiosity or open-mouthed astonishment; it was to inspire the recognition of the omnipresent and all-creative divine Mind—a God confined not within temples nor to the heights where His servant at some future time would speak with Him face to face, but ever-present, to be worshiped in "the place whereon thou standest." Here Moses gained a first glimpse of the truth that "God is All-in-all; and you can never be outside of His oneness" (Unity of Good, p. 24); therefore the attitude demanded must be not a temporary but a permanent one. The outward act was but the human sign of spiritual unfoldment, and because human it was changeable and impermanent. The spiritual fact, however, was unchanging. What was then discarded had been in reality put off forever, and progress was the acknowledged law of his being.

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