God’s Got You

“I place the future in the Hands of God.”

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

An atmospheric river has hit Southern California. These are plumes of moisture that collect warm, moist air from the tropics and then, when they come over land, can unleash a downpour of rain like a firehose or flurries of hail and snow. As a matter of fact, UCLA just recorded nearly 12 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, a 1 in 1000-year rainfall event for Westwood, California.

Growing up, I had never heard of terms like atmospheric rivers or winter bomb cyclones, but I sure hear about them now. We even had a hurricane hit southern California last year – the first in 100 years. Undoubtedly, our weather has dramatically changed, and global warming is happening. Whether or not some believe in global warming, catastrophic weather events are occurring, and we need to pay attention.

Dealing with our needs in this world, even if A Course in Miracles says this world is not our home or reality, does not mean we are not good Course students. Quite the contrary! We have to find peace in this world if we are to undo the problem of separation and release our guilt. Therefore, meeting our needs or dealing with the issues at hand may be the most loving thing for us to do for ourselves, each other, and the world. As the Course’s supplement, The Song of Prayer, tells us,

“There are decisions to make here, and they must be made whether they be illusions or not. You cannot be asked to accept answers which are beyond the level of need that you can recognize. Therefore, it is not the form of the question that matters, nor how it is asked. The form of the answer, if given by God, will suit your need as you see it. This is merely an echo of the reply of His Voice. The real sound is always a song of thanksgiving and of Love.” (S-1.I.2)

This is the incredible practicality of the Course. It understands our needs and will help us at whatever level or place we find ourselves. Still, it always points us to the awareness of something greater, something more beyond our feeble, limited forms and understanding, and it is always releasing us from any guilt we may feel for our needs. And this gives me much peace. My needs will be met, but I will also be helped to understand that there is more to learn. It is the same as saying,

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

A hungry person needs to eat, a crying baby needs to be comforted, and a mistaken mind needs to be understood, but you cannot stop there if lasting help is to be accomplished. The Course gives us daily lessons in the workbook, which provides the tools and insights to build a solid foundation of real growth that not even an atmospheric river can wash away!

The lesson in the Center’s Prayer Ministry for February is, “I place the future in the Hands of God.” (W-194) This is a perfect lesson for a world (or a life) in conflict and pain. Placing the future in God’s Hands does not mean we do nothing; as a matter of fact, to practice this lesson requires great vigilance on our part. We cannot keep our hateful, unforgiving, or attacking thoughts about others or ourselves, or we will be grabbing our future back from God, declaring that we can do this so much better than He! Oh, really? How’s that going for you?

This lesson tells us that when we place the future in the Hands of God, we are finally being productive in our lives for lasting healing and that He will meet our needs at the level of our understanding. It says that God sees our life as not a past, present, and future experience but as an “instant in which time escapes the bondage of illusions,” so you are no longer set on a “pitiless, inevitable course.” As this lesson says,

“God holds your future as He holds your past and present. They are one to Him, and so they should be one to you. Yet in this world, the temporal progression still seems real. And so you are not asked to understand the lack of sequence really found in time. You are but asked to let the future go, and place it in God’s Hands. And you will see by your experience that you have laid the past and present in His Hands as well, because the past will punish you no more, and future dread will now be meaningless.” (W-194)

If we can integrate this understanding and willingness into our lives, we will see …

“… each instant which was slave to time transformed into a holy instant, [where] the light that was kept hidden in God’s Son is freed to bless the world. Now is he free, and all his glory shines upon a world made free with him, to share his holiness.” (ibid)

Our willingness to practice this truth can open our minds to the answers we and the world seek. After all, if we are the dreamers of the world of dreams, as we begin to turn our minds to the truth of our creation and reality, we will begin to project healing and help rather than attack and chaos. This lesson is the start of this awakening in our minds …

“If you can see the lesson for today as the deliverance it really is, you will not hesitate to give as much consistent effort as you can, to make it be a part of you. As it becomes a thought that rules your mind, a habit in your problem-solving repertoire, a way of quick reaction to temptation, you extend your learning to the world. And as you learn to see salvation in all things, so will the world perceive that it is saved.” (ibid)

It is time to accept our glory and stop hiding our power under the helpless feelings of a world in turmoil. The world is an outward expression of inner confusion, so let’s find clarity. It is time to not just affirm but to believe the truth of where we abide. We are in the Heart of God, so let us place the future in the Hands of God so we can finally accept our reality.

“Place, then, your future in the Hands of God. For thus you call the memory of Him to come again, replacing all your thoughts of sin and evil with the truth of love. Think you the world could fail to gain thereby, and every living creature not respond with healed perception? Who entrusts himself to God has also placed the world within the Hands to which he has himself appealed for comfort and security. He lays aside the sick illusions of the world along with his, and offers peace to both.

Now are we saved indeed. For in God’s Hands we rest untroubled, sure that only good can come to us. If we forget, we will be gently reassured. If we accept an unforgiving thought, it will be soon replaced by love’s reflection. And if we are tempted to attack, we will appeal to Him Who guards our rest to make the choice for us that leaves temptation far behind. No longer is the world our enemy, for we have chosen that we be its friend.” (ibid)

You’ve got this because God’s got you!

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