Daily Scripture

Bit and Bridle

The Tarot cards kept me captive in a pattern of reactivity, looking for the cards (rather than Holy Spirit) to show me the way forward. The cards were my ‘bit and bridle.’

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
    or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Psalm 32:8-10

This morning I reached 10 February in my Daily Audio Bible catch-up for 2020. The reading from Psalms was Psalm 32 and there were a couple of words from that Psalm that stood out to me: ‘bit and bridle.’

My understanding of those words in the context of this Psalm is that they are about trying to follow the law to every last letter but not having true intimacy with or love for the Lord. However, for some reason those words made me think of my own use of the Tarot cards.

What I have come to understand is that for me (may not be true for other Tarot readers), my use of the cards was often reactive as well as prescriptive; that is why the words bit and bridle stood out to me.

When my trust in the Lord is complete, I have no need for bit and bridle. In Him, I have complete freedom. His love is the only prescription I need and His indwelling Spirit guides me every step of the way.

This level of trust is new to me but I couldn’t practice it without laying down the cards. That is no indictment by me on anyone who does use them; it is merely a reflection on my own nature and finally being able to trust God.

In Him


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