“There is no will but God’s. The idea for today [Note: Workbook Lesson 74] can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. God’s is the only Will. When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. (WB 130)”
Affirmation: “God will is my real will.”
1 – Jonah
Many of us get caught up in conflicts over God’s will and our own. We wonder if we are really very different from the story of Jonah in the Old Testament, who was forced to follow God’s will, even though his own seemed in conflict.
2 – The Same Will
A Course in Miracles promises us that there really is not conflict. God and we actually have the same will. When we follow our Christ nature, we will know this. Only when caught in temptation do we feel led to take a different pathway, one that we know at the time is not God’s highest and best choice for us.
3 – Personal Experience
I spent years in a Jonah-like situation, but, in retrospect, I realize that what I perceived to be God’s will for me was, in fact, my own real will as well. Some of the details differed, but largely they were societal expectations, not God’s inclinations. I wondered long and hard about God’s will, and I surrendered to Him countless times. This was not in vain. I found the incentive to continue my walk along this pathway, and I walked it for 14 years, to its conclusion. I was not always totally willing, but I did comply. I did not think I had a choice, so strong was the sense that I must do this thing that seemed almost thrust upon me.
4 – The Central Thought
This workbook lesson actually says that this statement can be regarded as the “central thought” toward which all exercises are directed. Surely when we know that God and we share the same will, we will not get caught up in conflict again. His choice for us is always best, and we will follow what we know from the Holy Spirit when Awakening beckons.
Thank You for guiding me through A Course in Miracles, and with this reading to have assured me that Your will and my real will are actually identical. When I think that I want something different from what the Holy Spirit seems to be saying to me, I am thinking amiss. My still-present ego has a toehold in me.
I would stay in the flow today as I seek to follow Your Guide for me. I would be at peace and stress-free, for it is frequently simply too much stress that trips me up. I would not be tripped up today.
Thank You for clarifying Your Will in my life.