Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Patience and Purpose

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Patience and Purpose

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I've always heard the saying that patience is a virtue. While this is true, I'd personally never found myself willing, nor able, to display the characteristic very well in my life. Most often, things were supposed to go on my time and my sense of how it all should occur.

There had been a period of time when I was seeking employment and began to find the search exasperating. I didn't want to just find any job, I wanted to find what I affectionately called a "lifelihood," or a job that felt purposeful and fulfilling - a field of work in which I was motivated by more than just a paycheck. As my search lingered on, my patience began to run out.

However, one day I reread something in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy, which says: "Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear" (p. 506). For whatever reason, my attention became fixed on that paragraph, and I actually left the book open to that page on my coffee table for about two weeks and read it several times a day. It was as if I knew there was a profound lesson for me there.

In response to this inner knowing, I became more aware of other writings about patience and timing I came across. In the Bible, Psalm 31 says, "My times are in thy hand" (verse 15). I couldn't help recognizing that often it was my own "hands" I put my times in, not God's "hands."

So I decided it would be wise to put into practice what Jesus said, "not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42). Who best to be an example of demonstrating oneness with God than Jesus! And he encouraged us to walk in his footsteps. When faced with persecution, obstacles, and even crucifixion, Jesus continued onward in following God's leading. It became clear to me that the reason Jesus was so strong in his persistence to follow God was because he recognized that he was at one with God (see John 10:30).

I also appreciated a statement in Science and Health that says, "Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded" (p. 584). …

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