"Treasures of Truth"

At a Wednesday evening meeting, during the time allotted for the giving of "experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science" (Manual, p. 122), one who testified to the healing power of divine Truth, as revealed through "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," spoke of being helped and uplifted through each effort to apply the truth, but added, "Many times I have said I would leave a problem to Truth, and then have done nothing at all; but I have learned that it is my work to find the correct solution of that particular phase of error, to search the Scriptures and pray earnestly for wisdom, to work until that condition is overcome; then I can truthfully say that I have applied Christian Science and have left the problem to Truth."

This testimony brought a clearer light regarding that phrase, "leaving it to Truth," which is apt to slip so glibly through the thought and often means that little or nothing is being done by the one in question. We all know that in the case of a difficult selection of music the student does not leave the piano with the remark, "I will wait until I can play it perfectly;" nor does a mathematician leave a problem expecting the answer to "come." There is often much patient work needed in either case, and how much more in the search for wisdom, which we are told in Proverbs to seek "as for hid treasures."

To make the application in a very homely way, suppose that some one knew there was great treasure concealed in a certain tract of land and that all he needed to do in order to possess it was just to dig and keep on digging. How patiently he could bear any criticism from his neighbors regarding his activity. He could even stay and work diligently while his friends passed by intent on pleasure, knowing that the result of his labors would be a sure sense of supply. Thus we begin to see in some degree what this treasure, to which reference is so often made throughout the Bible, really means, what it meant to Jesus and the prophets, what it meant to the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science that she was so willing to sacrifice every material thing that might prevent her from finding and pointing the way for humanity to gain an understanding of the Scriptures which would be practical and applicable to every need. Then we know that the time spent in studying our Lesson-Sermons, in reading the periodicals, in striving to gain through study of the Bible and the works of our beloved Leader the understanding which will enable us to be obedient to Jesus' command to "preach the gospel" and "heal the sick," is well worth any sacrifice.

Boy and Blossom
May 10, 1919

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