“‘If you really would like to know,’ said the other with embarrassment, ‘I want a husband and children and a good home.’ (Her sisters, all married and having homes of their own, had assured her that she was too plain and could never hope for marriage.)
“‘Do not be embarrassed by such a normal desire,’ said her friend. ‘To accomplish this worthy goal hold a mental picture of the home and husband and children you want. Then put the wish in God’s hands to give or to withhold. If it is His will, He will grant it. Ask Him to develop your personality in preparation for wifehood and motherhood. Ask God to make you beautiful, charming, and good.’
“This woman painted and held her mental picture, affirming it by unremitting perseverance into reality, and this Cinderella story came true.” Stay Alive All Your Life, by Norman Vincent Peale
This charming little story from Norman Vincent Peale is, like all his stories, based in real life. What a lovely blessing for this woman—a home, husband, and children.
There is one indication here that explains why all of our work with the law of attraction may not work. It is the “God’s will” imperative. God is deep within us, a part of our very soul. And if our larger entity, our soul, can see that something our personality is crying out for is just not right for us, then that something will be withheld. Our finite personalities will think this is a failing of the law of attraction, but it is actually that a higher law has been evoked.
We don’t actually want ALL of our wants fulfilled, if, in the end, we are not being cared for properly, if something we want turns out to be a bad thing for us. This is actually what is going on when we “sell our souls to the devil.” Our personalities have overruled our soul, something that can be done, but not something we want to invite.
Keep an image before us when we invite the law of attraction to function in us. If we surrender control to our soul, what transpires will be “right on.” And—further—we will be led to pray for that right thing for us, the something better that is always right there for us, right around the corner.