“This Course may seem to have come far astray from what you would have it do, for you are looking for something specific from it, though you know it not. You are looking for the rest and quiet joy that only comes from love. You are looking for the safety and security of a loving home, even if it is one only of philosophy You look for the soft assurance of certainty, not of your mind, but of your heart. (A Course of Love, 12.5)”
Affirmation: “peace, serenity, calm, tranquility”
1 – Blessings
All of us want the blessings so beautifully mentioned in the passage for today. Some of us choose to turn aside from the quiet that could come from a genuinely spiritual attitude in life. And perhaps that is not all wrong. God is God of the secular, and He does not need our worship (though He does want our communion with Him, according to A Course in Miracles, the Text). God does not have an ego with which to accept the praise that traditional religion has asked us to give to Him. But we ourselves do need to be thankful for His generous blessings, and the fact that He is always here for us, even (especially) when we fail to recognize His Presence.
2 – What Do We Want in Life?
Today let us get very quiet within ourselves, and ask in genuine calm if Jesus doesn’t have it right here. What do we really want in this life? Jesus mentions rest, quiet joy, love, safety and security, and soft assurance of certainty in our hearts. Jesus does not mention “success” as the world views success. Is it not therefore likely that we are amiss when we seek for the successes that this world recognizes? All blessings in the list are intangibles, even the reference made to “home” is considered to be metaphorical. If we pray for the blessings in this list, are we not praying in God’s Will? And will He not grant what is in His Will?
3 – Our Real Will and God’s Are Identical
Remember that our real will and God’s are identical. He chooses for us what we really want. But he does give us the free will to reject what He has offered, though He does set limits on our miscreation. If He did not set limits on our miscreation, we would be lost indeed. So let us be thankful that we can stray from Him just so far.
4 – Living in a Dream
Pain is the way that, more often than not, we know that we have strayed. This does not mean that every illness is an indictment from God. Certainly not. We live in a world of dreams, and our Selves can choose illness for a myriad of reasons, most often being a way to learn. Yet we can learn through rewards (an ACIM tenet), and we might spend some time today asking that our pains be reduced and our rewards be increased. Learning through rewards is lasting, and learning through pain is not. Sometime, somehow, we realize that there is another way. And then we are ready to find it. A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love are two courses that seek to set us on the pathway back to God and all holiness that, in our dreams, we have forgotten.
Thank You for the intangibles of rest, peace, certainty of the heart, and the like–intangibles that you have offered to me so freely. When I seek for success as measured by this world, I often seek amiss. But Your will is that I have these intangibles that are Your blessings. When I ask for them, Your giving them to me is assured. Thank You for the gentleness of Your response.
I would learn through rewards, not pain. I would choose the way of Jesus, a way which is sure to be lasting. Pain teaches, but only for a season. We have to come to know, eventually, that there is another way to live, another way other than encountering pain wherever we look. I would find that other way today. And when I do so, I will not cease to thank You for the joy that You are so desirous to give me.