II. SECTION 11. What is Creation?
Lesson 324 I merely follow, for I would not lead.
- Father, You are the One Who gave the plan for salvation to me. You have set the way I am to go, the role to take, and every step in my appointed path. I cannot lose the way. I can but choose to wander off a while, and then return. Your loving Voice will always call me back and guide my feet aright. My brothers all can follow in the way I lead them. Yet I merely follow in the way to You, as You direct me and would have me go.
- So let us follow One Who knows the way. We need not tarry, and we cannot stray except an instant from His loving hand. We walk together, for we follow Him. And it is He Who makes the ending sure and guarantees a safe returning home.
Today we are reminded that God is the One who gives us salvation. God decides which way we are to go, the roles that best suit us, and every step we take along the path of our return. Because God gives us the plan, it is impossible for us to lose the way to Him. We can put off our awakening as long as we choose; we can wander away from the path that He gives, but because God made the path of return for each one of us, we can only return. His Love, which is the purpose and core of all Creation, His Love, which has established our Sonship, will never abandon us or forget us. We cannot lose it – ever.
Conversely, when we devise salvation’s plan, we will work very hard to clean up our acts in order to deserve salvation. When we must compete with others for our spot on the glory train, we will be in a state of worry and fret about our worthiness. We will call our mistakes, sins, and crave to be punished rather than forgiven, even as we crave to punish others when they make mistakes. We will sacrifice needlessly of our time, our money, our effort. We will feel it is our God-given mission to save the world with doctrines that divide rather than unite and dogma that saves the few rather than all. Our spiritual path will be fraught, not with love, peace, and joy, but anxiety, worry, and needless fretting over the souls of those who do not make the cut or how many stars we have collected in our crowns.
Jesus tells us in today’s prayer that our brothers can all follow in the path we lead because we are on the path in which nobody can ever stray except for an instant. No matter what it may look like in time, our mistakes so seeming great or trite and small are a mere blip on the everlastingness of eternity. Our brothers can all follow where we lead because we did not make the path. Our brothers can follow our lead only in learning to completely trust the One Who did make the path. Hence, I have no worries over your salvation nor should you concern yourself with mine. I am not ahead of you, nor are you ahead of me. We walk together with those from the distant past and with those who have as yet to be born. On the path to God, time takes on a new meaning – it is our teacher and friend rather than enemy. Once we have reached our goal time will simply fade away because it serves no purpose in Creation.
On our path to God, we seek not to lead one another or to follow one another. This is critical to our understanding of our goal and the spiritual concepts of equality, mutuality, and oneness. We walk together following Him Who leads the way. It is important that we remind one another of this frequently for in our yearning for oneness here in the dream of separateness, we tend to worship the spaces and outlines which distinguish us from one another. Although there is nothing wrong in being gracious when someone recognizes a spiritual truth that we may have expounded upon and blessed them with, it is important to always remain cognizant of the mutuality we share. We are both teachers and students. We walk together. We must never allow or encourage others to follow us instead of the path that God has made for them. No matter what other paths may look like from our earthly perspective, we walk together when we follow Him.
It should gives us pause if we hang too tightly on the words of our fellow travelers. Take everything someone says and go to God with it. Ask Him what He has to say about it. Quote what God tells you! Do not cringe behind your brothers, expecting them to lead the way, using the words they say to judge and preach to others. This is not a godly practice nor is it one that leads to love. Likewise, collecting followers and encouraging allegiance and leadership puts us in a precarious position of specialness. As we follow God, walking side by side, nobody ahead and nobody behind, we practice the mutuality that keeps us humble, correctable, and teachable.
How thankful we are that we did not make the plan of Salvation! How thankful we are to lead only to follow the One who guarantees our safe return. For we are as God created us – our oneness with Creation – restored.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 324. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 463.
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