No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
– 1 Corinthians 10:13
This morning, I was tempted to start stressing massively over a work situation. Both my websites were down when I woke up and I got an error message about ‘no connection to the database server.’ Eeeeek! Had my sites been hijacked? Had there been a permanent database crash so that everything I’d ever written was lost (I’m useless at backing things up). True to human nature, my mind instantly rushed to all the worst case scenarios.[bctt tweet=”And then I remembered to pray. ” username=”LisaFrideborg”]Instantly, peace was restored. I contacted my webhost and the matter was resolved within 10-15 minutes. All in all, the sites had only been down for 30 minutes. And there I’d been, worrying as if my life was about to end (which, incidentally, is also nothing to worry about).
So, just now, I was checking my blog site to make sure it was up and running and I came across the 10 of Swords from the Frideborg Tarot as the card of the moment, and a bit further to the right, the verse you see above. I thought, ‘Wow, aren’t they a perfect match!’
The Swords Suit is the suit of the mind and it is through the mind that temptation creeps in. If our mind is surrendered to God, we can quickly remember to pray and restore peace of the mind so that evil cannot take hold. The mind is also how we receive brilliant ideas, of course. We see this in the Ace of Swords. An excellent idea can be pure and inspired… so why does the progression of the suit show so many errors? And why does it end in sheer terror in the 10 of Swords?
The mind we have (the software we run on) is a result of conditioning and faulty programming. On top of this, we recycle most of our thoughts on a daily basis – up to 95% are just looping on autopilot according to some experts. Expectations based on past experiences, as well as worries about the future influences how we process any new thoughts that come in.
Those of us who suffered abuse and abandonment as children are particularly prone to faulty processing. Our brains were wired with the very worst kind of expectations about others and the world around us. It becomes a struggle to stay optimistic and peaceful when the brain works this way.
The good news is that we can learn to master our minds so that they no longer are the boss of us. How? Through contemplation, meditation, surrender and prayer. By choosing what we take in through our eyes and ears… contemplating spiritual truths we learn… surrendering to God with every breath… and constant prayer… we are able to see clearly the ‘Way Out’ sign when temptation strikes.
Also, I can’t begin to say how much I adore the beginning of this verse, ‘No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.’ The ego is very quick to let us know that this is unique and that nobody has suffered the way we do or been tested in such harsh a way as we are. This is a lie, of course. And what one can overcome, we can all overcome.
God is faithful indeed.
Love and Blessings,