While a student of Christian Science sat in a street car which ran for miles along the shore of the Pacific Ocean, her attention was attracted to the water fowl, commonly called "scooters," which are nearly always to be seen in large flocks along that stretch of sandy beach. The small birds kept close to the shore, and occasionally in their play one of them would forget to watch. The observer thought she knew the feeling of hurt surprise when a wave knocked the careless one over; for in the first days of her journey from sense to Soul she had clung to materiality, afraid to leave the familiar landmarks and the cultivated sense of their security, and had experienced self-pity when the currents of so-called mortal mind had found her unprepared to resist their worldly force.

A little farther out from shore a flock of older birds expressed greater freedom. These seemed to be warned by one of their number when a wave was approaching; and they would plunge through the billow. After they emerged, all ruffled, it seemed that before they had really settled down again, they discovered another roller right at hand. How symbolic of the student's action when, instead of abiding in the presence of the Most High, she had listened to the suggestions of mortal mind and joined with others in believing in a contagion of hatred, false judgment, lack of unity among church members, or perhaps in some sickness or calamity! Have not all who ever joined in fighting error found yet another wave of it appearing? A terse bit of advice regarding such appears on page 11 of "Unity of Good," where Mrs. Eddy writes, "Jesus taught us to walk over, not into or with, the currents of matter, or mortal mind."

On the Watch
May 21, 1927

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