When good appears to fail…
June 28, 2014
Sometimes it seems, when you’ve done your best and stuck it out and stayed with your highest sense of right and kept working – that good still appears to fail. Sometimes it seems, that despite your best efforts, things just don’t work out. Sometimes it just seems too hard to bear.
The disciples certainly felt that way. They were learning and growing. They were healing and reforming others. They were just beginning to get the hang of things, when their Master – their teacher and friend – was taken from them and crucified. And there was nothing they could do and they just weren’t ready. Their confusion and sorrow was overwhelming. What now? Everything they’d looked forward to was simply gone. They had no hope, an uncertain future, and were afraid for their own lives.
When Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection, it was nearly as hard to believe as his disappearance. But all of a sudden, what had seemed impossible – joy, progress, a real future – became possible. If their Master could actually break the bonds of the grave, perhaps everything else he taught them was true as well. Perhaps good was actually powerful enough to succeed.
Referring to St. John’s vision of the apocalypse, and recognizing its present promise of a new heaven and a new earth here and now, Mary Baker Eddy said, “Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When you read this, remember Jesus’ words, ‘The kingdom of God is within you.’ This spiritual consciousness is therefore a present possibility.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 573)
Even when good appears to fail, that’s not the whole story. The Apostle Paul said as much in Romans 8:35,37: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
More than conquerors. Imagine the fullness of that promise.
So, be persistent, stick with it, don’t give up. Good, God, really is at work on your behalf. Jesus proved it, his disciples proved it, countless individuals trusting in those examples have proved it. You can too.
Good never fails.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.