On Earth as In Heaven
God’s will is always what’s best for me
I try to understand the perspective that God’s will is always what’s best for me, aka God wills only what’s best for me. And that things cannot happen unless God willed or allowed them to happen.
Things may happen that seem bad for me but in the intricate inter-weaving of the Master Plan---that takes the entire universe into consideration, what happens is always what’s best for everyone. And what happens is always based on God’s infinite love for every creature.
I think what has confused me once is an idea that there is no such thing as God’s will; what we have is only our will: God wills what we will for ourselves.
With my past understanding, I have always tried to learn to surrender my will to God, knowing that He is all-knowing and all-loving. I cannot grasp everything’s working, so if I will something, that could definitely not take into account everything. If I prefer to follow God’s will, I could never stray because His knowing encompasses all things and all times---past, present and future.
I am like most people when it comes to God’s will: how do I discern what is God’s will and what is not?
My answer is what happens is God’s will, so I try to be happy or at least accept what happens. The thing that I notice though is that what God has happen is also oftentimes what makes me happy.
God wills (makes happen) for a cab to come easily my way. This is also what makes me happy that a cab comes easily my way.
God wills (makes happen) for an empty seat in the bus that I took. This is also what happens.
I somehow remember Ray Grigg writing: “What is thought of is what happens”.
It seems like what I prefer (my will) to happen is actually what happens.
The more we surrender to God’s will, the more God makes happen what we want to have happen!
This is an AHA! experience for me, as I type down these words:
The more we surrender to God’s will, the more God makes happen what we want to have happen.
With that understanding, how do we assimilate the wisdom in our daily lives, to usher in more of these miracles?
First, we must be of the understanding that a controlling or forcing attitude gets in the way. As we become aware of our desires, these must be expressed instead as preferences to God and offered up to His decision. This is radically different to having it our way at all cost. The “payback” is things happening our way effortlessly, with ease.
Next, we may start looking at the little things in the various areas of our life where the principle of surrender is at work:
· Home Life
You notice that something in your house needs fixing and wish you could somehow speak with the handy man and he just happen to pop in one day, without your having to call him up.
Another instance would be you’re merely thinking of your daughter then before you know it the phone rings and it’s her.
· At Work
You take a leave from work on a weekday to attend to your child’s school activity. You compensate by coming to work during Saturday, only to realize that a mission critical procedure needed to be performed on Saturday, when everyone was usually away. You were there because you had to be absent during the weekday.
Your having surrendered your stature inadvertently caused for you to succeed at a higher level that management could take into account for your performance review!
· With Friends
While trying to decide where to have lunch, a place pops up in your mind at the same time that you’re friend verbally suggests it to you.
It seems that when we let go off our controlling nature, we step in tune with everything and everybody else: our wish becomes their wish or whatever: they’re wish naturally becomes our wish, without a sacrifice or feeling of loss from our side. We become effortlessly in harmony with everybody and everything.
As we surrender to things happening according to God’s will, we eventually see that God’s will is also what we will for ourselves.
“Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven” can then be rewritten as,
if we surrender to God’s will:
“What is thought of is what happens.”