“Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, ‘My brother, choose again.’ (T666)”
1 – Remember when in Pain
This passage, beginning “Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again,” is to be remembered in times of pain, times of suffering (if the pain lead to that). All of us will know weaker times as well as stronger, and if we recognize that we are bearing a trial that is meant to allow us, this time, a better choice, we will realize that we are learning through our pathway in this world.
2 – Choose Again
And Christ is there to heal us. We have the option to “choose again,” and we can seek the guidance that will allow us to know how to choose again. We will come to know where we erred in the past, when a similar situation arose, and we will be led to make the better choice now.
3 – Trials May Last for Awhile
Of course, in this world the trials may seem to last for a very long time, years even–though we are praying diligently and seeking to learn the lesson that we believe is being presented. Remember that God’s time is not ours. The idea that time does not exist is an ACIM tenet. But in this world, time does exist, and our timetables and our expectations for them sometimes collide. We do well to become accepting of the trials in which we find ourselves. Of course, this is easier said than done, but God (and His Guide, the Holy Spirit) will help us to rise above the troubles, the trials, that afflict us.
4 – Things Denied Us = for Our Own Good
Look back now on a trial that presented itself earlier in your life. Cannot we often see that the things denied us were for our own good? We would do well to welcome trials as another chance to choose (as the Text says). We do not have to lie down in the dust and resign ourselves to misery. That is not what is meant. We are meant to be happy, even in the face of temptations and trials. Happiness is a worthy goal, and one of the easiest ways to reach God. If we are miserable, we will frequently try to blame God for our plight. And this, we know inwardly, is not accurate. We make our own decisions on some level (though maybe not the personal self, but the Self).
5 – In Greater Light after Trial Is Over
No greater blessing can we have than to go ahead in greater light along the pathway that this lifetime would lead us upon.
I would not rebel against the trials that come my way, neither the ones that have passed, the ones I am experiencing now, or the ones that will come in the future. Jesus says that in this world we will not be without limitations, but that he has overcome the world–and we can also. May You guide me today to get the lesson of any current trial past me. May I choose again, a better choice this time, knowing that somewhere in the past I did not make the best choice. I now have, from You, another chance.
Be with me in serenity today. I would not entertain thoughts of bad things, things that I fear. To fear that which I do not want is to give it power over me. I would follow Your will today, as I experience it through the guidance of Your Guide, the Holy Spirit. May I not let conflict come into a day that I am reserving for You. May I stay true to this promise, made now to You.