A guest post written by Michele G. Karlskind from Los Angeles, California
Sometimes mention of the idea of “the universe” in books, in the media, and elsewhere seems just too vast of an idea to grasp, let alone demonstrate.
But I’ve seen that awakening to more of God’s nature, His presence and provision to mankind, enables a person to demonstrate this idea more fully, both individually and collectively.
Breadth and depth are both necessary means to understanding. Breadth brings expanding light, evidence of new ways to see and apply ideas. Depth demands more insight, more discernment, often contrary to appearance.
Just as in a classroom, new insights and ideas are gained when searching for the breadth and depth of an idea. Then comes the opportunity to demonstrate what those insights are on a wider scale. This is the “lab work,” which, in turn, reveals where spiritual understanding can be deepened – that ceaseless opportunity for revelation.
I had such an experience when, just over an hour into my first endeavor to give an important address – with another three hours to go – my voice went silent! I hadn’t thought of this possibility during months of preparation because I had never before spoken for this length of time. Now I stood before an audience, many of whom had traveled a great distance, speechless.
I’d never heard such silence. Then a biblical passage from Psalms came to me, quite literally, since I had no recollection of it until that moment: “The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”
Strength, song, salvation. Three words that offered far more than 3 s’s. I saw them as stair steps to the end result. My mouth opened, the strength of the words sang out, and I realized the salvation of God in His message. This was salvation as defined by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all;”
The immediacy and efficacy of that spiritual insight has led to the continued vigor of my voice under any and all circumstance. What I’ve come to realize is that everyone can experience in their own lives this healing power of the Christ-message as Eddy writes in Science and Health, “the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.”