Going Forward

In times of distress, of sorrow, sickness, or lack, the human heart turns to God for guidance and help. This, however, is not usually done until all material ways have been tried and found inadequate to bring back the comfort and freedom previously enjoyed. Material remedies are sought, but fail to restore health; the efforts of friends to comfort in times of sorrow are found to be futile. Then, indeed, one cries out to his God. Mary Baker Eddy, who learned the way through difficulties manifold, writes on page 322 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the Christian Science textbook, "The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love." This turning to the Father in times of sore need will always draw a quick response, for "man's extremity is God's opportunity."

If one will but heed the answer from God to this cry of distress, he will find the sure way out of all mortal troubles. This answer may not come in the way of one's own planning, but often in an unexpected manner. The first step once taken, however, every right step thereafter will be a going forward. In fact, if one is listening with the full intent to obey the voice of God, even though the way may seem dark and hard, he will begin going forward; and that moment he begins to come out of bondage. Continued obedience will certainly bring complete freedom.

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