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“God is the strength in which I trust.”
Remembering that God is the strength in which I trust is the same as putting my trust in Reality instead of illusions. Illusions are unstable and constantly change. God is eternal and changeless. Placing my trust in a world of illusions is like placing my trust in quicksand. It will always fail. God is the only place of real trust. Only God is invulnerable. Only God can be relied upon in every situation. We all have our foundation in God. God is the Tree of real, everlasting Life. Trusting in anything but God is just a silly idea.
God, I hand over every concern to You. Only in You is there true meaning. Returning to Love is my one function. Extending Love is my only joy. This is my strength. This is my security. This where my true happiness lies. I cannot do anything on my own, for on my own I am nothing. “God is the strength in which I trust.”
This lesson speaks to us as we perceive ourselves in this world — as separate, alone, weak and with every reason to apprehensive and fearful because we trust in the “strength” of this limited self. But if we look at the lesson as a whole, it is clear that Jesus does not see this as the truth about us. The strength of God is in us because God is in our mind, as we learned in an earlier lesson. The peace of God is there to be found in us because God is in our mind. It is only our belief in a false image of ourselves as alone and separate from God that leads us to feel weak, apprehensive, fearful and out of control. It is this false image that leads us to feel we must defend ourselves.
Remembering that God is in our mind can help us remember that God’s strength is ours. Love’s strength is ours. If only Love is real, which the Course tells us in the introduction to the Text, then harm is impossible. There can be nothing to fear.
There is another aspect of this lesson that is very important to me. Not only does it assure me that I can trust in the strength of Love, but it assures me that I can rely on this Love to guide me in every aspect of my doing. It is another way of assuring me that I am never alone. I have everything I need to safely and lovingly move through every situation, harmlessly and in perfect peace. I need only place my trust in Love, in God. Love is the strength in which I trust.
My son was expressing to me the uncertainty he feels about everything in life. There seems always to be more than one way to judge everything and how do you know what to believe and what is the best way to act on it. He said that he can’t feel certain about anything and that he realizes he doesn’t know anything. He was feeling like he was standing over an abyss with no bridge, no net under him.
I congratulated him on reaching a Truth at age 17 most people don’t reach for many years in their life, if ever. I assured him the answers were there in him and that realizing his ego didn’t have the answers made it possible to get there. Today’s lesson was great place to continue our conversation.
I find it a great relief to be able to let go of any residual in my belief that I have the answers and that I can successfully act on my own. It is a comfort to know that I don’t have to, and that I have the strength of God within me. I am not left to flounder on my own, but have certain direction that I can’t lose because it is in me.
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How to Read References for Quotes from A Course in Miracles
Below are example references to specific sentences using the notation of the Second & Third Editions of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace:
T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.
W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.
M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.
C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6
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