“Once on being asked by the Pharisees when the reign of God would come, Jesus replied: You cannot tell by careful watching when the reign of God will come. Neither is it a matter of reporting that it is ‘here’ or ‘there.’ The reign of God is already in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21
In the program of AA we are counseled to live in the present and seek God in the present. Forgetting yesterday and its troubles as much as possible, we face a clean slate for today. What opportunities will present themselves for us? Will I be ready for what comes today? Well, if we place all of our faith and hope in God and His power, we will surely not fail. Whatever comes in our life today can be successfully and even joyfully handled by this dual relationship with God. Indeed we will find that, at the end of today, some things we have done or said have even surprised us. That is the power of the Spirit of God at work in us.
Our co-founder, Bill Wilson, has this to say in his collected writings under the title of As Bill Sees It: “We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.”
Prayer: Father, help me today to realize more fully your presence and power in my life. Help me to realize that I have a new day in which to do my work with ease and peace. Help me to realize that doing my work today, whatever it is that you give me, I am advancing your kingdom on earth. This is enough for me. I ask this in the name of your son and my brother, Jesus, by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.