Meekness and Restoration
by Florence Roberts
Meekness is a quality to attain if we are to be made whole! The word is vastly misused as many think of it as meaning weakness. Far from it, it represents the calm strength of one who knows who he is, bends with the Father’s will because he is sure of the power at hand. Such a one walks conforming to whatever shape it is being divinely led to take because he has no human ambition but trusts and rests completely in the Father’s care. It is an imperative quality, if one is to be restored or put back into his original state of perfection.
It is no wonder that the original meaning of the word is “liquid.” Thus the ability of all liquids to conform naturally and perfectly to the form they are poured into. The clay in the potter’s hands takes the form he moulds it into.
We also see that to restore a broken vase, the potter needs all the broken pieces, thoroughly cleans and polishes all the surfaces; then under his complete control he is able to put it back together to its original state.
The sheep in their total obedience to the shepherd’s command and care is another example of how obedience from being meek is a stepping stone for realizing our wholeness. Due to this obedience, sheep are protected from all dangers and they dwell safely in the shepherd’s care.
In exact contrast is Naaman’s pride, the unyielding stiffness that seeks its own will. He disobeyed the prophet Elisha when Elisha asked him to go and wash himself in the river Jordan seven times in order to be healed, to be made whole, from leprosy. He lacked the meekness to obey and was not healed until he yielded to the prophet’s command and then was redeemed and made whole.
It is the Christ that makes whole as we find in Acts 9:34: “Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole.” and in Mark 2:17: “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” “Jesus saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
There is no greater example of meekness than that of our great master’s unswerving obedience and perfect conformity to God’s will. He was empowered to face the wickedness of a world He so blessed, strengthened during His crucifixion and triumphed with His ascension.
Mrs Eddy warned that “Meekness and charity have divine authority.” S & H pg 270:23 She followed the Christ example and won the crown of rejoicing. It is evident that popularity, superiority, self righteousness, pride of achievement or intellect, pride of culture, all have no place in meekness. We cannot but emulate this divine quality, if we are to be made whole.
Are we heeding this from Mrs Eddy? The grass beneath our feet silently exclaim, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” S& H p 596