He "came seeing"

In John's Gospel we read of a man who was born blind and whom Jesus healed. As was the case in so many of Jesus' miracles, the Master tested the obedience and humility of the one who desired to be made whole, before the healing appeared, by giving a command to be obeyed. After anointing the man's eyes with clay, he said, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." And we read that "he went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing."

If we had read in the account that the man had chosen not to go to the pool of Siloam, or had outlined some other way by which his healing might be accomplished, we should not have been surprised to learn that he did not receive his sight until he was humble enough to obey. And yet, is not this what we so frequently do when we come to Christian Science to be healed? We would choose the work we consider best for us to do in the church, or that which will fit most comfortably into our busy lives. We would decide just how we will use this wonderful teaching in our homes, and in what way we most desire the truth to make us free. It is here that we may often be subtly tempted and deceived. We may sincerely believe that we are doing all we can do, and that we are conscientiously striving to use the teachings of Christian Science in our daily lives, but are we not still choosing the way we decide will best serve our Cause? And are we not very sure that we know what healing we most need? If so, is it strange that, though we may have been wonderfully blessed and have experienced many healings, the particular healing for which we came to Christian Science still remains unaccomplished?

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Mrs. Eddy lays great stress on the necessity for humility, and frequently calls attention to the importance of this healing quality. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 1) she says, "Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity." We find, then, that we must have humility before we can see clearly and specifically how to obey. It may be, too, that through lack of humility we often become discouraged at our slow progress.

The same lesson is brought out in the healing of Naaman, the leper, by Elisha, as recorded in II Kings. Naaman, who had an exalted sense of his own importance, had outlined how the prophet should perform his cure, and how, before the healing, he should pay homage to the high position which Naaman felt was his. When the prophet did neither of these things, but merely sent a message by his servant, saying, "Go and wash in Jordan seven times," this proud captain of the Syrian army was so filled with hurt pride that he at first refused to obey. Not until he had obeyed, however, and was humble enough to dip himself not once, but seven times, in a river of Israel, did his flesh come "again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean." Pride and outlining had to be given up and replaced with humility and obedience. These qualities, together with Elisha's understanding of spiritual law, opened Naaman's thought to the power of God, and he was healed.

We may not choose the way in which we will serve the Cause of Christian Science, nor can we outline the manner in which healing shall come to us. But we can, by studying, watching, and praying, let go of all unnecessary planning and choosing. This we are enabled to do as we become truly humble, and with patience learn to obey God unquestioningly and to reflect His qualities. The reflecting of His qualities in our daily lives must of necessity drive out all that is unlike Him; and in this reflecting we are bringing the problem of healing under the unhampered operation of His law. Healing is an inevitable result of the reflection in consciousness of Godlike qualities. Healing in Christian Science results from the operation of spiritual law; and this law never varies.

In a beautiful article in "Miscellaneous Writings" entitled "The Way" we read (p. 356): "The second stage of mental development is humility. This virtue triumphs over the flesh; it is the genius of Christian Science." So, let us strive to gain humility; let us pray for it with our whole heart, and, until we have truly put Christian Science and the seeking of the kingdom of heaven first, let us not complain because our healing may seem slow. Let us rest assured that, even as the man born blind "came seeing," so shall we, through humility.

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November 15, 1930

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