Every Encounter is Arranged for a Purpose

Ordinary “chance” encounters have been arranged for the potential that lies in them

There is no one from whom a teacher of God cannot learn, so there is no one whom he cannot teach. However, from a practical point of view he cannot meet everyone, nor can everyone find him. Therefore, the plan includes very specific contacts to be made for each teacher of God. There are no accidents in salvation. Those who are to meet will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship. They are ready for each other.

The simplest level of teaching appears to be quite superficial. It consists of what seem to be very casual encounters; a “chance” meeting of two apparent strangers in an elevator, a child who is not looking where he is going running into an adult “by chance,” two students “happening” to walk home together. These are not chance encounters. Each of them has the potential for becoming a teaching-learning situation. Perhaps the seeming strangers in the elevator will smile to one another, perhaps the adult will not scold the child for bumping into him; perhaps the students will become friends. Even at the level of the most casual encounter, it is possible for two people to lose sight of separate interests, if only for a moment. That moment will be enough. Salvation has come. (M-3.1:3-2:8)

Each encounter is assigned a particular learning goal that can be learned right then

To the advanced teacher of God this question is meaningless. There is no program, for the lessons change each day. Yet the teacher of God is sure of but one thing; they do not change at random. Seeing this and understanding that it is true, he rests content. He will be told all that his role should be, this day and every day. And those who share that role with him will find him, so they can learn the lessons for the day together. Not one is absent whom he needs; not one is sent without a learning goal already set, and one which can be learned that very day. (M-16.1:1-7)

Everyone you encounter has been sent for a purpose

Everyone who is sent to you is a patient of yours….No one comes to you by mistake. There are no errors in God’s plan. (P-3.I.1:3-4)

No one is sent by accident to anyone. Relationships are always purposeful….Whoever comes has been sent. Perhaps he was sent to give his brother [the therapist] the money he needed. Both will be blessed thereby. Perhaps he was sent to teach the therapist how much he needs forgiveness, and how valueless is money in comparison. Again will both be blessed. (P-3.III.6:2-9)

Whoever He sends you will reach you, holding out his hand to his Friend. Let the Christ in you bid him welcome, for that same Christ is in him as well. Deny him entrance, and you have denied the Christ in you. (P-3.III.8:6-8)

Whatever stage he [the therapist] is in, there are patients who need him just that way. They cannot take more than he can give for now. Yet both will find sanity at last. (P-2.I.4:5-7)

To ask for help, whatever form it takes, is but to call on Him. And He will send His Answer through the therapist who best can serve His Son [the one who asked for help] in all his present needs. (P-2.V.6:6-7)

 

[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]