“…man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”
Mary Baker Eddy
“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”
The Eagle’s Nest
From the May 4, 1918 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
How well the Bible writer knew the habits not only of the birds but of mankind. To most of us, when young, material existence is smooth and comparatively easy; the pleasures of sense seem to outweigh its pains, and we are satisfied with the world’s ways of living. Then come to us the sharp experiences and piercing shafts of the world’s sorrow, and one by one our soft resting places, our trusted medicines, our would-be balms, our healing lotions, prove of no avail. As we turn our weary eyes away from earth, we hear Love’s tender call, “Come unto me,” and we look, but almost fear to trust. There is no other way, and so we try, only to prove the truth of what out Leader says in Science and Health (p. 66), “Trials are proofs of God’s care;” and we ever find Love’s outstretched pinions underneath, always find, proved in our own experience, that divine Love alone did lead us.
The world to-day is stirred to its very foundations. False ease, sleepy content, a deceived sense of peace, have been wrested from us, and we find ourselves pierced by the sharp thorns of hatred, pride, and mad ambition. Each one of us has been called to go forth to battle, if not in his own person, yet in the person of some loved one; but let us not fear. If there had not been enough of truth in the world to overcome these conditions, they would not have been uncovered at this time. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. … He maketh wars to cease.”
Human consciousness, your consciousness and mine, is the real battle field. The time for action—unceasing mental activity—has come, and “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way” (Science and Health, p. 454).