Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you;
Mary Baker Eddy
“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 571)
From the December 1, 1923 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
WHEN the children of Israel were being pursued by Pharaoh and his army, they were sore afraid and cried out to Moses that it were better to serve the Egyptians than to die. Then the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, “Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.” They did go forward, and crossed the Red Sea in safety. There is no greater example of moral courage recorded in the Old Testament than Moses, who listened to the voice of God, obeyed, and went forward.
In our human experiences we, too, encounter Pharaoh and his army of personal sense, with their arguments of limitation, fear, greed, selfishness, and kindred qualities; and many times, like the Israelites of old, we are tempted to give up rather than fight to the overcoming of the enemy. Especially when wounded by another’s seeming neglect, indifference, lack of love, ingratitude, injustice, or when misunderstood and maligned, we let the archenemies of discouragement and resentment into thought; but there is no surer or quicker way out of these difficulties than by learning to lift one’s self up by going forward.
I too have walked the wilderness—Who has not?—
And in that lonely spot
Found God, so near;
His sheltering cloud of Love’s protection,
His light by night of sure direction.
By Ann E. Hall
When we encounter the Red Sea of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, we can, like the Israelites of old, “go forward,” and watch the waters of mortal error part until we have passed over, shod with the understanding of God’s dear love. The errors of personal sense, which so hotly pursued us all these years of our wandering in the wilderness, can be swallowed up to their utter destruction, as of old. God is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” All we need to do is to rise and “go to the Father.” We cannot stand still: we are either slipping back or going forward. Then let us always be sure that we “go forward”!