"Make this valley full of ditches"

When the combined armies of the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom, after a journey of seven days, came into a wilderness and found no water for men or beasts, an appeal for help was made to the prophet Elisha; for it was recognized that "the word of the Lord" was "with him." Under divine direction Elisha said: "Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts." And in the morning "the country was filled with water."

The armies of the ancients are not the only ones that have come into a valley where there was no water; for, metaphorically speaking, a large portion of humanity finds itself to-day facing just such a situation, one which mortal mind calls an economic depression. On page 596 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines "valley" in part, as "depression"; and she has set forth the remedy which effectually meets this modern need, where she says, "Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose."

"Contradicting sense" is the metaphysical method for digging ditches, preparing human consciousness for the refreshing spiritual drafts constantly flowing from the divine Mind to each one of its ideas. If we begin at once to dig these ditches, we shall have plenty of employment; and as we eliminate all doubt as to God's ability to care for His children in His own way, true prosperity, which cannot fluctuate, will be proved to be the natural condition for man.

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Practical Application of Spiritual Ideas
January 30, 1932

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