Watching Point 300
From 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter
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300—WATCH, when you lose your peace, lest you assume that it is always error or animal magnetism that takes it away from you. If there was an epidemic, and you congratulated yourself because you felt that you as a Christian Scientist were immune to it, you might have to be touched by it in order to break up your self-complacence, and bring you to the point of unselfishness, in which you would do what you know how to do, and should be doing, namely, working for poor humanity who are helpless victims of the error, and who know not how to obtain their freedom.
Once Mrs. Eddy wrote an article for the Journal of July, 1892, and then made the following comment: ‚I have written it because I was impelled to do so. God seemed (as many times He has under severe need) to deprive me of all peace until I wrote it and then my sweet peace returned. You remember my experience, published, when writing the chapter on Animal Magnetism in my first edition of Science and Health — do you not? This has been the same in its nature, but not circumstances.”
Here Mrs. Eddy admits that she was compelled to sit down and write an article under God’s direction through and under the loss of her peace; whereas we might not feel that we were capable of writing an article that contained inspiration, unless we had our peace. God took away her peace in order to drive her to do what He required. When she had fulfilled His demand, her reward was the return of her sweet peace.
It is valuable to know that when Mrs. Eddy lost her peace, she did not necessarily assume that it was animal magnetism that had robbed her of it. She discerned in the above instance that it was God who had taken it away from her, that He had done it for a purpose, and that the only way to get it back was for her to do what He demanded. While in that state of ‚no peace,‛ it might seem difficult to write the article; yet the restoration of her peace was so important, that she took up the cross and did what God demanded.
When students lose their peace or feel ill, it is well for them to ask themselves whether God is not demanding something of them that they should be doing. Perhaps it is time for them to rouse themselves into doing work for God’s children. If they take up that cross faithfully, they will find that their sweet peace will return.
The correct effect of the loss of peace or harmony on the advanced student is to drive him to do that which he should have done, but has not done. If he has not been working as he should to help the world, he should at once fulfil this obligation, not so much because he wants his peace restored, but because he longs to do that which the Father demands of him.