Staying on God’s path
God made us to follow His path.
We ride planet Earth on its orbit around the sun with really no effort on our part. We don’t plead or pray for ourselves or our loved ones to accompany Earth on its path. We can’t argue, mistake, forget, sin, or condemn ourselves out of that orbit. We would easily recognize any notion that we are not in that orbit to be false, with no factual basis. We wouldn’t feel the need to get ourselves back into that orbit; we would just know that the suggestion was not true, was never true, and could never be true—that we could not deviate from that orbit if we tried.
Likewise, it is normal for God’s image to always be in accord with God, to know no other path than God’s. It’s divine law. This is the Science of being God’s image and likeness. It’s not pulling ourselves up “by our bootstraps,” nor does it include willfully attempting to bring about an outcome. Those are not productive approaches to progress or healing.
It is normal for God’s image to always be in accord with God, to know no other path than God’s.
But it may sometimes seem as though our first instinct is not to turn to God—not to acknowledge the scientific relation of God and our true identity, not to think and act in line with our true nature as God’s reflection—but instead to react in negative, unconstructive ways, especially under challenging circumstances. Countering self-will and acknowledging his sole reliance on God, Christ Jesus said, “I can of mine own self do nothing.” Neither can we. He then added, “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).
We can follow his example by knowing that God is seeing us and thinking of us as His perfect, spiritual expression. It’s our divine right to recognize this. When we start with what God knows of us as His wholly good offspring, we are lifted, rather than needing to do the lifting. As the image of God, we can express only God. There is actually no other possibility. And God assures us that we are His beloved children, whom He dearly loves. What a gift!
I experienced this after our offer for a new home was declined in favor of another prospective buyer’s offer. Initially, I was going to say no to our offer being a backup. But immediately a thought from God countered that pride with this promise from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). So I agreed to ours being a backup offer. As it turned out, the other buyer couldn’t meet the seller’s desired timeline and escrow terms, and the seller turned back to our offer. No pushing or pulling from me—just meekness and being naturally obedient to God. The house became ours, and our family was blessed.
Whatever may seem to oppose our scientific relation to God has no validity in God’s reality, the only true reality. As we strive to understand our own and others’ true spiritual identity, and yield to expressing this true nature, we see it manifested in our lives.
A number of years ago, I had a severe, persistent breathing problem. Even though I prayed, and had treatment from a Christian Science practitioner from time to time, many nights were difficult. One day, the practitioner told me that man (the true identity of each of us) is as good as God. What a great concept. The true nature of man is neither sick nor a sinner. Each of us is God’s beloved image. Accepting that spiritual fact—“Man is as good as God”—resulted in the complete healing of the breathing problem.
It was clear that I didn’t make the healing happen. I didn’t pull myself up by my spiritual “bootstraps”—I was lifted. In reality, I didn’t get back onto the right path; I had never left it—never left divine Love—and Love, God, had never left me. I saw my true worth as God made me. We are all worthy of healing, of feeling God’s love.
I didn’t pull myself up by my spiritual “bootstraps”—I was lifted.
The Bible is filled with treasured statements of our relation to God, of the fact that He leads
us and holds us dear—such as this one from Psalm 23: “He leadeth me beside the still waters” (verse 2). And Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, gives the spiritual sense of Deity as Love with her wording of that promise in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “. . . [love] leadeth me beside the still waters” (p. 578). That’s not just a promise. It is a fact of our existence—forever.
These words from a hymn tenderly remind us of our relation to God and of the fact that He walks with us.
My hope I cannot measure,
My path in life is free;
My Father has my treasure,
And He will walk with me.
(Anna L. Waring, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 148)
If it sometimes seems as though we’re not following or can’t find the right path in business, a relationship, or a desired healing, we can pause, turn to God, and let Him show us His way. God made us to follow His path, and as we see that, we find ourselves actually doing so. God’s good work doesn’t change. It’s done. You, His work, are perfect. See that, acknowledge it, and rejoice!