Given the fact that the A Course in Miracles links the idea of our unique role with our brother, more often than not we will find that unique role in one or more brothers. And we must realize that we may not always recognize our function even if we are in the midst of carrying it out.
In my own case, this phenomenon kept me on a particular pathway for years, but I was a reluctant walker. Only in retrospect did the pathway seem illuminated, the walk make sense. Yet I never seriously considered abandoning my pathway; whenever the thought came up, I was given a self-authenticating word from God that I was to remain true to what I had perceived His Will to be. And I yet do not know the whole of it, though I followed that particular pathway to its conclusion and found a blessing, in unexpected form, at the journey’s end. It is very likely that I will not fully understand in this lifetime, but as I review my life eventually from the other side, I will know. For now, I know all I need to know of a journey that seemed incomprehensible much of the time.
And is my experience not true for most of us? We see only dimly, but when we take our brother’s hand, we fulfill a function that is bigger than the two of us. It is always by way of our brother that the mission comes. One does not do “great things” in the world without the cooperation of first one, and then another, and another, brother. Salvation is still borne one mind at a time, and so it behooves us to place our interpersonal relationships next to God in value. Indeed, it is frequently in our brother only that we are able to see and love God.
–from Out of the Maze, an e-book by the author of this blog.