A few days ago I did some grocery shopping. I went to the check-out line of my favorite clerk and, as always, asked her how she was doing. She responded with “Well, I have seen better days. But, I have also seen worse.” I smiled and made some more small talk but after I left the store, I really started thinking about her reply to me. It occurred to me that in my public practice of Christian Science, I had already been praying about just this kind of thought.
That whole thought about being happy one day, sad another–sick one day, well the next–joyous one day, depressed another day–up one day, down another just doesn’t make any sense to me. I read in the Bible how opposites cannot dwell together. A fountain does not send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter. And, a fruit tree can’t produce both figs and olives. Opposites can’t come from the same source. Sickness and health are contrary to each other. They can’t dwell together. Bad days can’t dwell with good days. Man’s body is not a battleground for good and evil!
God’s goodness is available for all mankind. If that goodness is present – and I know it is, then there is no room for its opposite. So, if you are feeling like your tree is growing both olives and figs, maybe it’s time to shake your tree. Get rid of the feelings of negativity and depression. Replace them with the uplifting thoughts that come from knowing that God loves you!