“10. The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is wrong. They are really used for and by believers. A miracle is misunderstood when it is regarded as a spectacle.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-1.10:1-3)
Not spectacles. But expressions of love for and by believers. Miracles, by expressing love, do keep us in harmony with God. If we think that we need to perform a miracle to buttress someone’s faith, then we are thinking awry. Our miracles, encouraged by Jesus, are not to undertaken at our own behest. Such personally – selected miracles, we are told, are apt to be misguided. Jesus, being in charge of the Atonement, knows where and when miracles are best chosen. Listen to our guidance, and we won’t go wrong in the matter of miracles.
This new edition of A Course in Miracles makes very clear that miracles are expressions of love. In the beginning, with Helen and Bill, Jesus urged that they ask him for advice. He would send them on errands for a heavenly purpose, but he stressed to “ask first.”
We can easily get in our minds that we know more than we do. We don’t see the whole picture, and partial knowledge can be misleading. So we need to pray fervently if we imagine that we have a special task to do for God. Be sure that the intuition is accurate.
This suggests that Jesus is intimately involved with many lives. We can’t know how or to what extent, but we have been reading that he cares about us as people, individually. Whether we go to him, or he comes to us, his position as our redeemer seems secure in A Course in Miracles.
Guide me to express love where You would have it expressed. Send me on errands that you choose, helping the people whom you choose. If Jesus is involved, help me to listen intently to his advice. As the leader of the Atonement, his opinion matters and matters greatly.
Thank You for divesting me of any ideas that spectacles are needed in miracles.