Thursday, December 10, 2009

'Children of Israel Camp' syndrome

As we continue reading about the Children of Israel being let go from the slavery of Egypt, they have left it behind and headed for a Promised Land of their own. It isn't long before they encounter two major problems. They come to the Red Sea stretching out before them and there doesn't seem to be a way forward. They are being persued by the Egyptians who changed their mind and want the slaves back. The waters part and they go over on dry ground while their enemies are destroyed. Huge. Then.....there is a giant 'now what?'

In a very short time that wonder is forgotten and they begin to 'murmur'. How many of us seem to be in the 'Children of Israel Camp' where all we do is complain because nothing seems to be happening. You even find yourself questioning why you are on this journey in the first place. God continues to teach them lessons. They overcame an insurmountable enemy threatening them from without and now they must confront one from within, hunger and thirst. The bigger fear behind that is that their human needs will not be met. Who is going to provide food and water in the middle of nowhere? Once again divine Love provides an answer, this time one that shows up each and every day for the next 40 years. It seems it will be two generations growing up outside of the influence of slavery and false gods before they are truly ready to love their Promised Land. They need time to know and love their God. Having made the decision to rely on Christian Science, maybe even having some insurmountable problem healed, we soon find ourselves in that 'camp' mentality and questioning if we are taking the right path. We need to see this new way of life, of Life, practical and tangible day by day. Mrs. Eddy writes in the preface of Science and Health: "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite today is big with blessings." No waiting. God is a very present help in trouble.

You have found Christian Science...or it has found you. You may have hit that first obstacle that you simply could not deal with humanly and had divine intervention 'part the sea'. Now, don't enroll in Children of Israel Camp and start complaining or questioning. Continue to remember how you felt as you 'walked through on dry ground'. Believe in the promise. Believe in the Promiser.

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