April 11th's Today reading is one of just two readings in our EA daily reader, that specifically speak on Step Eleven, which says,
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."
Beginning with..."praying only for knowledge of His will for us..." there is a clear emphasis on humility that I had not noticed before.
For me the final words also bring up compassion,
.." and the power to carry that out."
Compassion, because I know something about the "walk" of several program friends who lack in power (or energy) and who daily suffer pain that makes it hard to carry out many of the desired activities in their lives. Productive days are a blessing for these friends.
I like the Today's reminder that, in order to do an honest Step Eleven we need to listen to our HP's messengers, the people that come into our lives, at what may seem inopportune times. Sometimes it is the inopportune help that comes our way, that we neglect to recognize and appreciate. There is the well-known story of the woman seeking rescue from the rising waters of a flood, who pled for her HP's help... and refused any assistance that was offered, because it did not seem to fit her idea of how a Higher Power "should" help.
There is another paradox in this reading, that I appreciate: "If [I] withdraw from human relationships, thinking I am divinely inspired," I risk becoming self-righteous.
That passage in Today's reading makes clear that Step Eleven is not about building an exclusive relationship with a Higher Power, on my terms. Nor can I use my connection with my Higher Power to replace the program community. No, I need people. And this Step is about staying open to the world and my true place in it. These words are true and simple: "My relationship with God must be balanced with my relationship with other people."