UNCEASING ACTIVITY

A Christian Scientist had been invited, along with several other nature lovers, to watch the opening of a night-blooming cereus in the garden of a friend. Silently and patiently the small group waited; each moment they saw the bud's increasing unfoldment, although, despite the closest scrutiny, there was no perceptible movement of the petals. Finally, however, after several hours, the lovely waxen flower lay fully opened, its delicate beauty amply rewarding the patience of the watchers. To the Christian Scientist, observing the bud's imperceptible, uninterrupted progress to full flowering was a thought-provoking experience.

Often in our human experience we are prone to become discouraged over apparently slow progress. Sometimes it would seem that there is no progress at all, no activity even. But Christian Science teaches that this is only the lie of material sense; for man, as the idea of Mind, God, expresses the unending, irresistible activity of that Mind. There is never a moment when he is not reflecting—showing forth—the qualities of wisdom, alertness, intelligence, for there is never a moment when he is not reflecting Mind, whatever the corporeal senses may claim to the contrary.

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