True Power

The writer has in her home a heating system that is set in operation by lighting a small pilot light in each radiator, and then starting an electric motor which is out of sight. In due time the small pilot light becomes a broad flame, and the entire house is soon warm and comfortable.

At first the writer was puzzled to know why sometimes after lighting the small light the broad flame would come at once and at other times it would be considerably delayed. She inquired of an expert why the flame was on some occasions instant in coming and on others often very slow. The reason for this, he said, had never been discovered. "But," the writer put forth, "all that power is wasted while we are waiting." The expert returned: "It is not entirely wasted. It is working. No matter if the wide flame does not come immediately, the motor is still operating, building up the required pressure."

In our striving for Christian Science healing we sometimes arrive at a point where it seems that nothing is being accomplished. We have prayerfully lighted the pilot light of desire for healing, figuratively speaking, and by reading and studying our textbooks we have opened our thought to the divine power. Perhaps someone near and dear to us has received an instantaneous healing with apparently little effort, a healing of a condition seeming to be more serious than ours. But although we have done all that we think we can do, we are still in distress or perplexity. We have read, meditated, purged ourselves of every iniquity of which we are cognizant; we have put aside as far as we at present can "the man of the earth." Even so, discouragement should not be entertained. Isaiah tells us that God has spoken on this wise: "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."

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Walking with God
September 2, 1933

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