“Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff,–a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity.” (Science and Health, page 66)
Without our trials, our challenges, our disappointments, would we be as aware of what is real, true, and enduring? Would we know what life is truly founded on and grounded in? Those trying times should be cherished, not because we enjoy suffering or self-pity, or because God has planned and sent the trouble, but because they necessarily lead us to Love, true Love. We can be grateful for these hard lessons and losses and conscious of their instruction, of the revelations of Truth that must show forth when matter and material sense and circumstance seems to fail us.
The material staff that may be our first friend and support can’t hold us up, sustain us, or bring us true satisfaction, peace, and enduring joy. Material reliances—people, money, jobs, possessions, personal achievement—are variable, weak, mutable, finite, and subjective. What feels right and perfect one day may be all wrong and even seem to betray us the next day.
But we are never lost or left without our good, our wholeness, our success, our life, our love, our purpose. We only come to know more that the divine Spirit, the Truth of Life, God and His conscious ever-presence, will always be with us, has always been with us, and will always be right and satisfying. Our Father-Mother-Life loves and cares and sustains us in pain and weakness, as well as in joy and prosperity. He always maintains the truth of our being, and keeps us perfect and intact because of who we are to Him—His own adored reflection, necessary expression, and His best-loved child!
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