Waiting on God

Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has helpfully given us a recipe for bringing into our daily tasks the kingdom of heaven, transforming that which seems drab and uneventful by the inspiration of spiritual ideas. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 269) she says that "metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul." In the ordinary daily round it may be found increasingly helpful to exchange for, or put in the place of, "the objects of sense" the restful and uplifting "ideas of Soul." Thus a sense of weariness or tedious monotony may be banished by accepting the ideas of strength, health, spontaneity, and the joy of accomplishment, derived from divine Mind.

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." So the prophet Isaiah tells us. And in order that one may inherit the liberal blessings which he promises to those who wait upon the Lord, it becomes essential to approximate an understanding of the requirements upon which the enjoyment of these conditions depends. May it not be said of the mirrored reflection that it waits upon the original for its expression, and that, apart from the original, it possesses no outline, form, color, or action? So it is with man, the reflection of Mind. He possesses nothing in or of himself; nor is he capable of accomplishing anything apart from God. The greatest demonstrator of the truth said plainly, "I can of mine own self do nothing."

A student of Christian Science once found it necessary to wait on a disabled member of her family for many weeks. This involved many sleepless nights and obedience to a doctor's orders, and called for patience and cheerfulness. When weariness and the thought of a breakdown would have threatened the helper, and it became necessary to renew her strength, it was seen that instead of waiting on a sick mortal she had truly been waiting on God. For had she not been in constant attendance upon those attributes of Love expressed as cheerfulness, patience, joy in serving, and fidelity, all characteristic of Mind? Thus it was seen that she had but to claim those benedictions enumerated by the prophet as the natural reward for having fulfilled the conditions of waiting on the Lord.

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"Giving thanks"
June 29, 1935

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