“As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides human fear, — as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God.” (Science and Health, page 566)
The children of Israel sought the Promised Land. They were being called to freedom and they would not settle for anything less. This journey was not always easy and their fears and doubts would often try to get the better of them. But the holy purpose and promise never left them. Their desire for what was rightfully theirs led them home.
As we go forward in life, challenged at times by what seems like a desert of uncertainty and insufficiency and a wilderness of fear, our hope can stay strong in the promise as well. We are being guided to something greater and also more natural to us than a life of bondage to limits, worry, doubt, guilt, and personal responsibility.
Freedom is not only our goal; it is our very present state of being. It is the description of ourselves that God made and put permanently within us. It is the reason we are unwilling to settle for less than joy, wholeness, peace, prosperity. We were born with freedom in our hearts because freedom is the Truth, our Truth.
The spiritual idea—our true identity as God’s own child forever at one with Him—is our guiding star, our manna, and our consoling, uplifting Comforter. Our right desires are being guided to the better day, the better way, the real and brilliant and liberated life we deserve to realize.
Stay faithful to your purpose. Appreciate the journey for the gifts of wisdom and patience and mercy and creativity that it is bestowing on you along the way. The Promised Land is not a pipe dream. It is reality inviting you home.
These messages are based on passages from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. These books are our “pastor” in Christian Science. Come back every Tuesday and Thursday for fresh inspiration. Or get a free subscription to receive an inspirational message like this one every morning directly to your inbox by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “subscribe” in the subject line. A downloadable compilation of categorized messages is also available by request.