“The distinctness of your own path will be made visible and you will see that it may be quite different from the others with whom you are coming to know, and perhaps quite different than you thought it would be. You will be shown that you can enter the dialogue with all and still focus, or place your attention, on areas that might not interest others in the slightest.” (ACOL, D:Day15.26)
This very reassuring passage gives us a clear view of what lies ahead for us: an easily seen path that may diverge from the paths we have taken in the past. Not only may it be different from paths that we have taken in the past, but our new path may differ from the paths of our friends. One thing is certain: We will have a certainty that this new path is the right and true path for ourselves. This assurance comes with the territory of living wholeheartedly, i.e., with a combined mind and heart.
Today’s passage is actually exciting news. Don’t all of us want to think that the path laid out for us is something good? That it is something unique to ourselves? That it will take us home to God? Of course, of course. And we have this time acquired a way to know all of this, for A Course of Love (and A Course in Miracles) have given us the bottom line authority for our life planning. We know that we will succeed when we persevere in the way that is being shown to us. We know that God is good, and that He lives life through us. Our path is, according to ACIM, a recapitulation of past times. It is like a carpet that is being rolled up, taking us back in time to the beginning, where we made the detour into fear. The detour that became the ego. Now we are assured that these times are over for us. Our way is much, much better now.
Take a few moments to consider the path that we are on. Ask questions of God, as You perceive Him to be, about our destinies. We will not be kept in the dark. We will be told all that we need to know. This may not be far in the future, though. Just as a car’s headlights illumine only 200 feet ahead, that is all we really need to see, for the 200 feet recede into the distance, taking us anywhere we aim the car. We might be able to handle knowing the whole future. But rest assured, we will be told as much as we are prepared to hear. And we can pray to be prepared to hear ever-greater spans of time. Time, being illusion, does not interfere with God’s knowledge of what is ahead for us.
Let our paths form a straight line back to God. Let our paths be something that excites us. We will not be disappointed. We will be blessed by the path that has been given us.
I ask to see a little of the future. I ask to keep my mind and heart on the beam of Your love. When I am thinking about creating the best future, I have Your Ear. Let me patiently work out my future in prayerful consideration with You.