In seeking to become aware of, or conscious of, our relationship with the Creator and to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto Him, we must learn to differentiate between the day and the night side of life; that is, be able to place true values where they belong. To accomplish this a period of supreme testing may be necessary. As we develop toward the light, we imbibe that Divine Wisdom which aids in knowing the Truth.
Our lives must be judged by the results. If the results are peace, harmony, justice, mercy, love, we know the light is shining within; if they are the opposites, then we know that day has not dawned within us.
As we seek, great upheavals may take place in our life. Ideas which we thought had a sure foundation may crumble beneath our feet; that in which we had implicit confidence may prove to be false. Only God is unchangeable. If we live in accord with His divine laws and seek sincerely for the light, obstacles that would hinder us will become stepping-stones to the realization of our fondest desires, while the impurities and dross that would despoil us will be burned out. Such experiences may be hard to endure, but they are very much worthwhile in helping us to attain to that goal toward which we all are striving.
We must not seek selfishly, but with the desire that His will may be done in all things; never with the desire to override, to outwit, or to outdistance others. God knows our possibilities much better than we, and when He sees a place which we can fill acceptably, the way will be opened. Let us give all glory and all praise to Him, the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, for the example of His Son, whom He sent into the world to guide us out of darkness.
The Son's power has not been diminished. His Spirit is constantly on the watch to guide those who would be guided over the rough and stony path, and to lift up those who stumble and fall. Let us have faith in the Infinite Power of Good, and know that God's plan for the world will never be overthrown. If we choose the dark path, know that He, from the very stones over which we stumble, will raise up others to carry on; for God is not mocked.
"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, And thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; Even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; But the night shineth as the day: The darkness and the light are both alike to thee."