Learning to Wait

In Psalms we read, "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart." And Mrs. Eddy says (Pulpit and Press, p. 4), "Wait patiently on illimitable Love, the lord and giver of Life."

Many beginners, conscientiously and earnestly seeking Christian Science, have been seized with an eager human desire to grow quickly in order that they may take part in Christian Science activities. They have therefore sometimes found themselves literally studying day and night, gaining probably much of the letter, but perhaps failing to realize that only as they gain spiritual understanding, the Christ-consciousness, only as they learn to lay aside old false material beliefs and false concepts about God and man, uprooting thereby the poisonous weeds of wrong thinking, supplanting evil with good, error with truth, hate with love, giving up human desires and plans and learning to wait on God, thus bringing the so-called human consciousness into accord with the divine, can they really be said to progress.

During this period of waiting, discontentment and discouragement—beliefs of being separated from God, good—may find their way inward. And often our daily duties seem so material, with little opportunity to be of real service! What joy when we awaken to what true business is: to express God, wherever we are, in every activity, letting unselfishness, goodness, justice, health, holiness, and love reign, thereby being prepared to give to others the "cup of cold water in Christ's name," as Mrs. Eddy tells us to do in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 570).

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January 15, 1927

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