Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
There is a song “Into The Ocean” by Blue October whose lyrics say: “Let the hurricane set in motion yeah, let the rain of what I feel right now come down down, down…..”
Do you ever get a problem stuck in your head so that it revolves around like a twister? It gathers steam from the corners of your mind and forms a never ending loop. It begins spinning furiously and the replay of events and possible responses churn like a hurricane in your mind stamping out all reason.
What is that?
It’s exactly like a tempest in a tea pot, and if you weren’t so busy tormenting yourself you’d hear your brain is screaming I’M A LITTLE TEA POT SHORT AND STOUT……NOW SHUT UP OR POUR ME OUT!
As the queen of Tempest in a Tea Pot Syndrome I feel unquestionably qualified to speak with authority on this subject. I have spent countless hours worrying a problem until I have manufactured it into a F-10 sized tornado of the mind.
I’ve rehashed all the angles until they are soft and blunt. I have replayed and reviewed what “he said, and then I said” until I can’t stand the sound of my own voice. I have practiced all the possible responses that I will never ever say, and categorized and underscored a litany of snarky comebacks for any outcome.
Like the song says, imagine the “rain of what you feel right now” coming down when the hurricane in your head has been set in motion? The rain drops would be the size of Volkswagons.
The flood of your tempest could be so enormous you could surf along its current for days and days. And that’s just it. It’s your imagination. The tempest is all astir because you are whipping it into a frenzy. Oh! If only we could apply this must energy into cleaning the house!
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” Psalm 46:1-3 (NLT)
There comes a time when it becomes impossible to sustain the hurricane in your head and you must turn it off. Hopefully before you make a fool out of yourself. Have you ever disemboweled someone with your tempest tuned barbs only to have them stare at you dumbfounded and reply, “Wow. I never even said that.” or “Wow, I was in Cincinnati when that happened.” or the ever popular, “No, I think you said that; not me.”
That shugggzzzzzing sound is the echo of a deflating hurricane inside your head. Nothing sounds more pathetic than a purely emotionally driven argument that you’ve been having in your head for days.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phi 4:8
If only it were that easy. There once was a little trick for quitting smoking: place a snug rubber band around your wrist and every time you contemplate smoking reach down and pluck the rubber band so that is snaps against the inside of your tender wrist. The pain will replace the urge to smoke.
Taking thoughts into captivity until they submit to the Lord sounds like an impossible ordeal. Remembering the Jesus was here on earth, brutally beaten, spit upon, screamed at, insulted, cursed by mobs of angry people, and that He knows emotional pain, helps. Taking the steam out of the tempest by replacing it with God’s words is the only way to becalm the storm.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Heb 13:5
Every time that gnawing hurricane begins to blow chanting “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” helps tremendously.
Honestly, the only way to avoid Tempest In A Tea Pot syndrome is to head it off before it begins. That means calmly speaking your mind, without criticisim, getting your point across and explaining your feelings. This will release them, so they are not pent up boiling around in your head. We all have a point of view. Expressing them safely is paramount to our health.
I’m so glad that I can count on you in the storm. That you will never leave me nor forsake me. And never is a long long time.