Most of us would benefit from having our eyes opened to seeing things in a better light than we may be seeing them.
I had a memorable taste of this as a teenager when I went on a streetcar ride with my mother’s best friend. She kept looking out the windows and enthusiastically calling my attention to good things she saw people doing—things I would never have noticed.
Gordon Converse, longtime photojournalist for The Christian Science Monitor, opened peoples’ eyes by means of his camera. While his photos often reported terrible things going on in the world, these same photos managed to communicate a sense of hope that mobilized people into corrective prayers and actions.
One of his most sought-after photographs gives us a glimpse into what enabled him to see hope in dire circumstances. It was taken in Needham, Massachusetts, where he lived. He saw the sun shining through the woods onto the road in front of his home, and he told his little daughter to run down the road toward the light. The black-and-white photo he snapped shows her running toward the light with her long shadow falling behind her.
I’ve had that photo hanging in my home office for over thirty years. It’s such a beautiful reminder of how much brighter the world becomes to us when we turn with childlike receptivity toward the spiritual light of God, divine Love, where hope and healing are found.
The value of this view of things was best demonstrated by the example of Christ Jesus. Jesus walked with God, Love, who gave him the ability to see the reality of God’s goodness wherever he was—and to show it to us by healing people through Love’s all-power.
Mary Baker Eddy’s view of things was shaped by Jesus’ example. She found that walking with divine Love, following in the path Jesus pointed out, can open the eyes of any receptive heart to see good as the reality even in the most adverse human circumstances, and to bring hope and healing through Love’s power. Speaking from her own experience of healing in this way and successfully teaching others how to do so, Mrs. Eddy wrote, “We live in an age of Love’s divine adventure to be All-in-all” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 158).
Divine Love is everyone’s loving Father and Mother, tenderly embracing each one of us and saying, “Come, My child, walk with Me.”
I find it helpful each day to nourish within myself a childlike receptivity to Love’s guidance, and to accept Love’s invitation to walk with Love, praying, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalms 119:18, New International Version). And like so many others, I’ve experienced amazing protection and healing throughout the decades of my reliance on God.
The living God speaks to each of us through the Bible and through Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. These books reveal God’s nature as ever-present, universal, impartial, unchanging Love—and our and everyone’s true nature as Love’s pure and healthy spiritual image and likeness. And divine Love shows us how to conquer obstacles to healthy progress in our human experience through the divine power and presence.
The most productive way to go forward is to be God-centered instead of self-centered.
God’s will for us is to understand the redeeming and healing laws of divine Truth and Love and to live in accord with them. This means stepping back mentally in prayer to listen for Love’s guidance—at the beginning of the day, and throughout the day. It means putting God ahead of self-concern—ceasing to cogitate over what I should do about this or that. Or to fixate on what seems missing in my life, and ask God to please make my life better in specific ways I would like. And so on.
The most productive way to go forward is to be God-centered instead of self-centered. This means loving God with all our heart, and everyone else as Love’s reflection—as Jesus said we should do (see Mark 12:30, 31). We can do this, because Love has created us to do it. And it’s actually impossible to be outside of infinite Love’s embrace and guidance. Nothing unlike God exists in infinite reality.
We can begin walking with divine Love through studying the Bible and Science and Health—letting Love open our eyes and wake us up to spiritual reality. As we study and pray in this way, we begin to see and love what God sees and loves within ourselves and every other individual. We see health, purity, and goodness even where the material senses present unhealthy scenes. In Love’s light we feel hope and joy, which reflect Love’s healing light.
In this way, Love purifies our thoughts and character, heals us when we need healing, and enables us to bring healing to others.
But we need to continue walking with divine Love as we move through each day. We need to accept the reality Love is revealing to us—and live it—in order to continue growing in our ability to see and prove Love’s redeeming and healing power.
Jesus knew, from his own experience, that we would face challenges in life’s adventure. He knew we would need to be alert so as not to be led away from walking with divine Love as our guide in life. He said, “What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:37).
Watching involves accepting as true only the reality God is revealing to us, keeping our thoughts in agreement with that reality, and not allowing ourselves to be led astray by what the material senses say to the contrary. This stance enables us to prove that divine Love is All-in-all—that whatever is unlike divine Love has absolutely no reality or power.
This is exactly the stance Jesus took, which enabled him to carry out his God-given redeeming mission for humanity. Satan—the lying, material sense of life—tempted Jesus to rely on himself, apart from God, for success. But Jesus refused, saying he would rely on God alone. In essence, he told Satan to get lost (see Luke 4:1–8). And by walking consistently with divine Love throughout his sojourn on earth, Jesus was able to conquer every obstacle threatening his success in fulfilling his healing mission.
We, too, have a mission—to conquer every obstacle the material sense of life would put in our path. The whole purpose of Jesus’ ministry was to show us that we, too, can “side with God, and win!” as an encouraging hymn proclaims (Maria Louise Baum, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 296).
Will you accept God’s invitation to go on “Love’s divine adventure”? Will you walk with Love? Let Love open your eyes to spiritual reality? Watch to keep from being led off course by the material sense of life? And exercise your God-given ability to conquer every obstacle to healthy progress through the power of divine Love?
I hope you will do it today, and every day. It’s the winning way!
© GORDON N. CONVERSE, COURTESY OF THE CONVERSE FAMILY
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