“The Stately Goings”
by Mary Beth Singleterry
During the holiday season, it is well to remember that pressure is not of God. During one of our class sessions, our Teacher told us that pressure of any kind is always animal magnetism, which means it is the ploy of the devil to get us to lose our peace! It is also interesting to note the only time Mrs. Eddy ever used the word pressure is on page 451 in Science and Health, “Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate.” When pressure tries to enter our lives, the question always to ask is, “What would God have me to do? Is this request coming from the Father who loves me, or is it a wrong demand that is trying to tempt me away from Him and His peace?” “To come out from the material world and be separate” often means saying “no” to the many so-called obligations at this time of year. Our only obligation is to God. Our every move should be in obedience to Him. If He requires something of us, He will also enable us to do it. It brings great peace of mind. Each detail will be right, and the whole process will be a joyful one.
Mrs. Eddy mentions “the stately goings of Christian Science” in Miscellaneous Writings. “The stately goings” certainly means never to allow ourselves to be rushed or pressured, but always to operate in God’s right time and in His way. Whenever I feel tempted to rush, I remember the words “stately goings,” and this helps me turn my thought back to God. Hymn No. 49 sums it all up very well:
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from us now the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Keep these thoughts with you during this blessed season, and you will feel the very presence of Christ.