Implicit in A Course in Miracles is the fact that God has a plan for salvation and that our peace and happiness lies in accepting – and not resisting – that plan.
We dedicate ourselves to truth today, and to salvation as God planned it be. We will not argue it is something else. We will not seek for it where it is not. In gladness we accept it as it is . . . (W-pI.98.1:5-8).
In a sense, accepting God’s plan for salvation is akin to saying that everything as it is in this moment is okay. We don’t have to worry. Our role isn’t to establish the plan or assess the plan or alter the plan. That’s in better hands that ours.
You have a part to play in the Atonement, but the plan of the Atonement is beyond you . . . The plan is not yours because of your limited ideas about what you are (T-9.IV.2:1, 5).
Can we trust that? Can we live our lives – moment by moment, day by day – as if every detail from the smallest to the largest imaginable is safely proceeding according to the will of God, of Love?
We are not asked to accept this alone – to make this leap of faith – without aid. The Manual for Teachers assures us that we can place complete confidence in God and that by doing so, we ensure our complete safety. Nothing happens at random.
Seeing this and understanding that it is true, [the teacher of God] rests content. He will be told all that his role should be, this day and every day . . . Not one is absent whom he needs . . . He is set, and see the road on which he walk stretch surely and smoothly before him (M-16.1:4-5, 7, 10).
Lesson 98, which I cited above, urges us to spend at least five minutes every hour remembering this truth – that the plan is in better hands than ours and that we need to do nothing but accept that. Sometimes we need to do this ever half hour. Sometimes more! And we don’t even need to believe it. Our willingness to believe it – to act as if it is true – is sufficient.
Even the faintest hint of willingness to accept another way can undo the ego’s emphasis on specialness, its insistence that we need our own plan, and that we need to execute it, and that nothing – not even God – could possibly do it better.
I have to come to this moment often. I have to take a few minutes to be quiet and still. There are bills to be paid, papers to be graded, meals to be cooked, dogs to be walked. The list is endless. Yet behind it – if I am willing – is the clear and simple love of God. I am where I am supposed to be and so are you. To the degree we accept this, we are at peace.