Watching a Hole in the Ground

A Hunting dog can be trained to watch a hole in the ground until called away by his master. He may spend hours at a particular hole and in the mean time be oblivious of all that goes on about him. All sorts of tempting indications of the presence of many kinds of feathered or four-footed game may try to lure him from his watch, but he notices nothing except the one particular hole to which he has been assigned. If nothing comes out of that hole, he will secure nothing at all. This educated trait of our friend the dog, when under the influence of human domination, may teach a lesson to humanity itself.

Many a man is mentally watching a hole in the ground, and if nothing issues from it he is destined to be grievously disappointed. He falls under the supposed spell of limitation and is oblivious of the unlimited opportunities which are all around him. Such a one comes to the Christian Science practitioner and laments his lack of success. In his own thought he has narrowed down God's infinite resources to a single hole in the ground. He is engaged in a certain business, trained to a certain profession, or derives his income from a certain investment. If this one avenue should fail, he believes he has lost everything, because he imagines that God is even as helpless and petty as himself. On page 255 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has written: "Mortal man has made a covenant with his eyes to belittle Deity with human conceptions. In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things."

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