I once had a rosebush in my front yard that was planted in the shade, and it never bloomed. I had no idea why. I’m not sure how long it had been there before I did some research and found out roses like full sun instead of shade.
So I moved the rosebush to the backyard and planted it in a sunny spot. Almost immediately, it started to grow tall and strong. Before long it began to bud and blossom with exquisite, fragrant pink roses all over. I loved that rosebush and never forgot that roses need sunlight to grow and bloom.
What about us? If we feel we are in darkness, discouraged, without inspiration, can we move into the light and find the help we need? Yes. I’ve found that the warmth and light of God’s love are always present, and turning to God awakens us to our real being, created in God’s spiritual image and likeness. And the Bible tells us that in turning from matter to Spirit, we “cast off the works of darkness, and . . . put on the armour of light” (Romans 13:12).
Some of those “works of darkness” might include selfishness, laziness, boredom, unhappiness, and willfulness, to name a few. But the darkness of mortality is never our genuine, Godlike being. Putting on the “armour of light,” we begin to express the happiness, forgiveness, humility, patience, gentleness, gratitude, and unselfishness of our true, spiritual nature, created in God’s likeness.
We feel our oneness with divine Love, and darkness is replaced with the light of inspiration and progress.
Being awake to the illumination of Spirit causes us to see spiritually and feel the joy that belongs to us as God’s beautiful ideas. Becoming conscious of our true being, we feel our oneness with divine Love, and darkness is replaced with the light of inspiration and progress.
Christ Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16). Our light shines forth when we know and see ourselves and others as God sees and knows us, as spiritual expressions of God’s vitality and usefulness.
The rosebush already had within it everything it needed to grow and bloom, but it needed the sunlight to bring it out.
This spiritual vitality is described in the following way in Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy” (p. 249).
The rosebush already had within it everything it needed to grow and bloom, but it needed the sunlight to bring it out. We become conscious of our completeness and wholeness when we claim our spiritual identity and live in the sunlight of Truth. Then we shine forth with God’s reflected light, loveliness, and glory.
Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight glints from the
church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens
the flower, beautifies the landscape,
blesses the earth.
—Mary Baker Eddy
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 516
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