For this review we will use these ideas:
W-pI.90.1. (79) Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.
2 Let me realize today that the problem is always some form of grievance that I would cherish. 3 Let me also understand that the solution is always a miracle with which I let the grievance be replaced. 4 Today I would remember the simplicity of salvation by reinforcing the lesson that there is one problem and one solution. 5 The problem is a grievance; the solution is a miracle. 6 And I invite the solution to come to me through my forgiveness of the grievance, and my welcome of the miracle that takes its place.
W-pI.90.2. Specific applications of this idea might be in these forms:
2 This presents a problem to me which I would have resolved.
3 The miracle behind this grievance will resolve it for me.
4 The answer to this problem is the miracle that it conceals.
In this lesson, Jesus is specific about the problem. He says the problem is always a grievance. This is why I understand that we have a grievance against God. We think we are separate from Him now and we think He holds this against us. I used to resent God for his rules when I was involved in religion. Then I resented Him because he left me here to suffer from the mistake I made instead of just waking me up and bringing me home.
Now, I understand that all the grievances I have ever had were really that one grievance against God. I began to let grievances go, and this was not easy at first because I thought I needed to be right and because I believed my grievances were protecting me from attack from others (God). But I did it, one grievance at a time no matter how long it took me to release it.
What I soon discovered was that I never regretted releasing a grievance. Each time I did so, I felt better for it and my fear of God lessened, and I began to have peace as a more sustained experience. This encouraged me to keep it up until I was happy and peaceful most of the time. My relationships all improved as well, of course. And as my fear of God lessened more, I discovered a love of God that was in my heart but had been hidden by the “dark shield of hate” that were my grievances.
W-pI.90.3. (80) Let me recognize my problems have been solved.
2 I seem to have problems only because I am misusing time. 3 I believe that the problem comes first, and time must lapse before it can be worked out. 4 I do not see the problem and the answer as simultaneous in their occurrence. 5 That is because I do not yet realize that God has placed the answer together with the problem, so that they cannot be separated by time. 6 The Holy Spirit will teach me this, if I will let Him. 7 And I will understand it is impossible that I could have a problem which has not been solved already.
W-pI.90.4. These forms of the idea will be useful for specific applications:
2 I need not wait for this to be resolved.
3 The answer to this problem is already given me, if I will accept it.
4 Time can not separate this problem from its solution.
We are so accustomed to time as a real thing that it is hard to fathom how the problem and its solution could be simultaneous. Everything in the world takes time even if it is a nanosecond. Because the Holy Spirit does not operate on the laws of the world, He does not need time to affect a healing. We, on the other hand, seem to think we do and we sometimes need time to accept that we want the solution. This lesson if practiced will help us release that desire for the answer to take time to appear as we remind ourselves that we do not have to wait for the answer. The answer has already been given in the asking.