A Puzzle Picture

IN one of the Chicago evening papers there appears quite frequently what is called a puzzle picture. In a maze of intricate lines, oftentimes depicting a tree and shrubs, there is concealed somewhere the face of a man or a woman, or perhaps an entire figure. Only by holding the picture at a certain angle and searching diligently can the object be discerned among the twisted lines of the drawing.

Looking at one of these pictures, I was led to think how much they are like many of our own problems. In seeing our fellow men about us, how often the real man seems marred if not hidden by a myriad of lines. Selfishness, pride, hypocrisy, rudeness, dishonesty, injustice, self-righteousness, self-pity, — all these tend to obscure the manifestation of the real man, the true man, made in God's image and likeness; and it is the work of the genuine Christian Scientist to look beyond these obscuring phases of materiality, just as we look beyond the obscuring lines in the puzzle picture, and seek for the true concept. We do not need to examine each false feature to see what it represents ; it is enough to know that it is no part of the real man, and as such is entitled to no place in our consciousness.

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