1 The extent of the teacher of God’s faithfulness is the measure of his advancement in the curriculum. Does he still select some aspects of his life to bring to his learning, while keeping others apart? If so, his advancement is limited, and his trust not yet firmly established. Faithfulness is the teacher of God’s trust in the Word of God to set all things right; not some, but all. Generally, his faithfulness begins by resting on just some problems, remaining carefully limited for a time. To give up all problems to one Answer is to reverse the thinking of the world entirely. And that alone is faithfulness. Nothing but that really deserves the name. Yet each degree, however small, is worth achieving. Readiness, as the text notes, is not mastery.
Faithfulness is the teacher of God’s trust in the Word of God to set all things right; not some, but all.
I started out turning things over to the Holy Spirit when I had tried everything and failed at everything. In desperation, I turned to the Holy Spirit. But doing so, even it was only when I was at my wit’s end, was helpful. I learned that I could trust Him to help me navigate life, and more importantly, I was teaching myself that He was healing my mind and that this was the only answer that was going to work in all things.
After a while, I learned to trust God with my problems and understanding that they came from my confused mind, I learned to trust Him with my mind as well. But I still would pick and choose what I would give to Him. I still did not fully trust and so I decided what I would try to take care of and what I would turn over to God. I still valued the separate will and the me that it represented.
Now there is nothing I think I must hold apart from God. I occasionally come across a belief that has taken root in my mind and that I must turn over and then turn it over again and maybe again. But I know where my healing occurs and I know that I want my mind to be healed. I am not so concerned with the outcome as I used to be, I just want a healed mind. My purpose is not to have a better story, but to undo the story altogether. I am never confused about how this happens, and I know my part is to notice the error and desire that it be corrected. The Holy Spirit does the rest.
I have gone through the period of readiness, and I have gone through the period of achieving trust. Now I am in the period of gaining mastery.