The Dead Sea Scrolls' message for today
A Christian Science perspective on daily life.
When visiting a historical exhibit, it's natural to expect to see some wonderful artifacts and gain a little background on the objects or the time period. Visitors don't usually expect their hearts to be touched. But an exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was particularly inspiring. A scroll containing the Ten Commandments – the Mosaic teachings, written on leather, and once hidden in caves, lay there for all to see.
One scroll read, "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you ... that you may fare well, in the land that the LORD your God is assigning to you" (Dead Sea Scrolls Program, p. 19). The especially inspiring phrase was, "the land that the LORD your God is assigning to you."
Even among people who are happy in the countries where they are living, many are searching for their "land," a place where they belong. Some may be unhappy with their jobs, their families, some other aspect of their lives. But to think of ourselves as including the land God has assigned to us changes everything. Even if we've made a mistake, we still have that promise of God's provision.
We can begin to find our "land," or niche, right where we are by learning to see God's hand in our experience even if we're feeling frustrated at the moment. Continued affirmations of God's presence and government will open our days to joy, fulfillment, and progress. A statement by Sir Walter Scott in the story of Ivanhoe, quoted in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 566), offers fresh insight into progress: