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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

Lesson 109 I Rest In God.

  1. We ask for rest today, and quietness unshaken by the world’s appearances.  We ask for peace and stillness, in the midst of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams.  We ask for safety and for happiness, although we seem to look on danger and on sorrow.  And we have the thought that will answer our asking with what we request.
  2. “I rest in God.”  This thought will bring to you the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and the happiness you seek.  “I rest in God.”  This thought has power to wake the sleeping truth in you, whose vision sees beyond appearances to that same truth in everyone and everything there is.  Here is the end of suffering for all the world, and everyone who ever came and yet will come to linger for a while.  Here is the thought in which the Son of God is born again, to recognize himself.
  3. “I rest in God.”  Completely undismayed, this thought will carry you through storms and strife, past misery and pain, past loss and death, and onward to the certainty of God.  There is no suffering it cannot heal.  There is no problem that it cannot solve.  And no appearance but will turn to truth before the eyes of you who rest in God. 
  4. This is the day of peace.  You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate your rest remains completely undisturbed.  Yours is the rest of truth.  Appearances cannot intrude on you.  You call to all to join you in your rest, and they will hear and come to you because you rest in God.  They will not hear another voice than yours because you gave your voice to God and now you rest in Him and let Him speak through you. 
  5. In Him, you have no cares and no concerns, no burdens, no anxiety, no pain, no fear of future and no past regrets.  In timelessness you rest, while time goes by without its touch upon you, for your rest can never change in any way at all.  You rest today.  And as you close your eyes, sink into stillness.  Let these periods of rest and respite reassure your mind that all its frantic fantasies were but the dreams of fever that has passed away.  Let it be still and thankfully accept its healing.  No more fearful dreams will come, now that you rest in God.  Take time today to slip away from dreams and into peace.
  6. Each hour that you take your rest today, a tired mind is suddenly made glad, a bird with broken wings begins to sing, a stream long dry begins to flow again.  The world is born again each time you rest, and hourly remember that you came to bring the peace of God into the world, that it might take its rest along with you.
  7. With each five minutes that you rest today, the world is nearer waking.  And the time when rest will be the only thing there is comes closer to all worn and tired minds, too weary now to go their way alone.  And they will hear the bird being to sing and see the stream begin to flow again, with hope reborn and energy restored to walk with lightened steps along the road that suddenly seems easy as they go.
  8. You rest within the peace of God today and call upon your brothers from your rest to draw them to their rest, along with you.  You will be faithful to your trust today, forgetting no one, bringing everyone into the boundless circle of your peace, the holy sanctuary where you rest.  Open the temple doors and let them come from far across the world, and near as well; your distant brother and your closest friends; bid them all enter here and rest with you.
  9. You rest within the peace of God today, quiet and unafraid.  Each brother comes to take his rest and offer it to you.  We rest together here, for thus our rest is made complete, and what we give today we have received already.  Time is not the guardian of what we give today.  We give to those unborn and those passed by, to every Thought of God, and to the Mind in which these Thoughts were born and where they rest.  And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, “I rest in God.”[1]
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Notes and Personal ApplicationToday we experience rest in God.  In central Pennsylvania it turned out to be a bright and breezy spring day.  The air smelled like buds and brown earth and tree bark.  We had our coffee and devotions.  We drank our yogurt smoothies, checked the duck eggs in the incubator, fed the little Australorps and the retired hens.  We watered the seedlings in the greenhouse and were filled with delight at the cabbages coming up in their eggshell pods.  Tramping through our little woods, we discussed our ongoing Friar Patch projects, workloads, and plans.  James showed me the watercress that he had discovered growing green and wild near our spring, and I took a bite – the peppery flavor reminding me of my mother and the mustardy hot bacon dressing she so enjoyed on the herb. 

The words from the lesson today kept ringing through my mind, “I rest in God.”  There are days I resent the fact that we bought this old place.  So much work is involved in getting it to where we want it; sometimes I despair of living long enough to complete our dream.  But today our projects seemed exciting; and I was grateful to be part of them.   Walking along the trail, I quietly thanked God for my husband – for his vision, his fortitude, his creativity, and how he has inspired me to be a better person in so many ways.  Best of all, he is seeking God with me, and I have his full support in this ministry.  I thought of the storms we have been through, the sorrow we have suffered, the losses we have experienced, and knew that there was nothing that our lesson idea for the day could not heal, no problem that resting in God would not solve.  How absolutely all lies and false promises fade away before our eyes as we rest in Him!

Later on in the afternoon, while I was working on this blog, Linda texted to invite me to come walk with her to Down Bottom.  Later as we traipsed through the freshly mowed trail, taking in the fresh air, the fast-flowing Chillisquaque, the clear, almost cloudless sky, I told her how I thought of Down Bottom this morning and how much I wanted to walk it with her.  I have often heard her speak of it, but never saw it for myself.

Today I heard the birds sing there and saw the stream flow, and spring seemed reborn.  It has been over a year since we have renewed our friendship, and my heart sang and gave me hope. As our lesson says, our energy has been restored to walk with lightened steps along the road that suddenly seems easy.

That is what God calls of us to do.  We offer rest to all, quiet and unafraid to love and to forgive. I offer it to you, and you offer it to me, we rest together, and we are complete.  We only give to each other that which we already have, Jesus reminds us.  Everybody gains.  Everybody – Jesus says.  Those who have passed on from this world and those who have been born – everybody rests in God.  And just in case anybody forgets, we keep reminding ourselves.  We rest in God!


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. I rest in God. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). pp. 197-198.