I took Ian and Katie Rose to a thrift shop this morning. We hoped to find Ian a bigger tricycle. Nope. But we did find him a Batman cape and he has been flying around the house all afternoon. He has a habit of knocking Katie Rose over several times a day. Now I could say, 'super heroes don't do that', and it might make an impression. All over the thrift shop we spotted things for Halloween. I also noticed aisles of things at the supermarket. Some of the costumes are downright creepy!
I was reminded of a spiritual lesson about masks. When those little trick-or-treater's come to the door, no matter how gruesome the mask, you know who that is underneath and do not accept the outward appearance as the reality. A good reminder to not be fooled by 'creepy' things.
Today I was reading an article Jack Hubbell, a Christian Science teacher I greatly admire. In it he talks about how Christian Science views time, and aging. The concept of passing time is how we often see ourselves, or those we love, as aging. Without time, there would be no aging. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health about a woman, disappointed in love, who waited every day for her lover to return. Unaware of the passing of time, those who saw her at the window mistook her for someone in their twenties, when in fact she was in her eighties.
Age seems to creep up on us. It is one of those 'creeping things upon the earth' referred to in Genesis. But God has given His child dominion over all the creeping things of the earth. Think what value that has if you apply it to a creeping waist line, a creeping up debt, or a creeping illness. You can know that God has given you dominion over this. You just have to claim it.
I keep this taped to my computer:
Answers to Questions of Inquirers in Regard to Christian Science.
by Mary Baker Eddy.
"Is it possible to change the aged form to one of youth, beauty, and immortality, without the change called death?"
In proportion as the law of Truth is understood and accepted, it obtains in the personality as well as character. The deformities and infirmities said to be the inevitable results of age, under the opposite mental impressions, disappears. You change the physical manifestation in proportion to your changed thoughts of the effects of accumulative years; expecting an increase of usefulness and vigor from advanced years with as much faith as you look for decrepitude and ugliness, a favorable result would be sure to follow. The added wisdom of age and experience is strength, not weakness, and we should understand this, expect it, and know that it is so, then it would appear.
Don't be afraid of 'creeping things', know instead that you have dominion over them.