Advancing in Truth

To the lover of Christian Science it is an oft-recurring joy to find that Bible, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and individual experience bear consistent witness to the truth of being and to one another, and he frequently quotes that familiar passage in Isaiah, beginning, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;" but its very stately rhythm may have been obscured from the unusual order in which the blessings that follow are pronounced. In the natural order of things, we must learn to walk before we can run, and none of us can fly as yet; but in the Scripture the first is last and the last first, constituting an apparent anticlimax: "They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

The writer is glad to testify that on first studying the teachings of our inspired Leader, he was conscious of an exaltation out of the mire of material belief into an ampler, purer, air, up beyond the dark and lowering clouds; above the storm, into the serenity of celestial sunshine. "They shall mount up with wings as eagles." Do we not all know something of this sublime experience? Have we not all felt with Peter, "Lord, it is good for us to be here"? Yes, but not to stay. We must go steadily forward if we are to follow the Master. "Where there is no vision, the people perish." But the glorious glimpse of reality will avail us little, and benefit others not at all, if we are "disobedient unto the heavenly vision." We must "follow the gleam."

"What lack I yet?"
October 11, 1913

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