“ ‘Plan ahead’ is good advice in this world, where you should and must control and direct where you have accepted responsibility. But the universal plan is in more appropriate hands. You will know all you need to know. Make no attempts to plan ahead in this respect.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.4:3-6)
The quotation for today adds words that change some of the meaning of what was printed in previous editions of A Course in Miracles. Earlier we had seemingly been encouraged NOT to plan ahead, just to wait for the Holy Spirit to guide us. While it is still good to hear from the Holy Spirit as we weave plans, we are encouraged in this fuller version of ACIM to plan for daily life.
We are encouraged to leave the larger order of things in higher hands. That is, we are not encouraged to forge ahead on part knowledge. “More appropriate hands” decide the ultimate issues of life. This universal plan takes greater knowledge than our finite minds/hearts can know in this world.
So our planning (because we never were able entirely to stop it) has not been awry, even as we tried to follow previous versions of ACIM. Our planning for our daily lives is still informed by the Holy Spirit, but we don’t have to fret if we DO plan.
Perhaps we always knew, internally, that planning is necessary.
Even though I thought that ACIM forbade “planning,” I was never able to prevent myself from doing it. Now I know that I was marching forward on incomplete understanding. Now I will ask for help from the Holy Spirit in the activities of my day, and I will “plan,” as a good thing to do after all.
Thank You for keeping me solid all these years of attempting something, no planning, that Jesus never said.