A Period of required military service can be a time of highly stimulating and rewarding activity and spiritual progress to the student of Christian Science—time that is far from wasted.
When one enters the service, it is important to realize that here as everywhere else one's primary obligation is to listen for and obey the leadings of the Father, divine Mind. Before one reports for active duty and is assigned to the military installation at which he will serve, it is not only comforting but also of lasting benefit in the months ahead to know that Love is leading the way through wisdom. Not a mortal or a mechanical system or an electronic device is directing the assignment. Nor should one try to outline humanly where he will be stationed. Having as his motive the desire to be where he will be of the highest usefulness, he will find that the assignment forthcoming is right in every respect.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5, 6). By holding firmly to this instruction and promise for over a week while awaiting assignment, the writer saw a military experience unfold which was rich beyond words in inspiration, satisfaction, happiness, and spiritual growth.