The truth about trials

No matter how difficult trials can seem, God’s great love right here with us is so much bigger. And He will show us that, until all we take from the experience is its blessings.

My first reading of the Christian Science textbook—Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—started from sheer curiosity. That curiosity soon turned into a genuine interest in Christian Science. As I continued to read, my interest became an eagerness to share Christian Science, then an earnest study to understand it, and finally a dedication to its practice. All along the way, I couldn’t help noticing that God was providing waymarks—ones that either assured me I was on the right path or corrected me if I strayed.  

How well I remember one such corrective. It was when my “earnest” phase was advancing to my “dedication” phase—when the Christ way had become for me the only way. I had a deep, diligent desire to practice Christian Science in every detail of my life. Then, on page 462 of Science and Health, I noticed this: “Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down.”

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