"No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).
This is my favorite verse. I feel I understand it, but I would like to know if it is correct.
Well, first of all, there is no absolute understanding common to everyone. The Bible is a personal spiritual guide. It will speak to you in ways it may not speak to others; that doesn't make your understanding wrong. So if this is your favorite verse—and I can certainly see why you would choose it—then the meaning you see in it is the right and perfect 'interpretation' for you. What I have to share is my own perspective. I never claim to be speaking for Unity as a whole or to be offering an authoritative interpretation.
"No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone." What a powerful statement! It tells us that we are not being punished or picked on. Spirit is not causing us to experience more pain to bear than those around us. We share one spiritual consciousness; how we use it, what we create from it—that's completely up to us. If we feel we're experiencing more than our share of challenges, it's simply that we are placing our faith in the power of the problem instead of the Presence of the solution. There is always a way out if we simply refocus our faith. And we can be sure, as spiritual Beings, than we will never be overcome by the challenges. How long we hold on to them is our choice, but we will, at some time, make a new choice that expresses our faith in spiritual Truth.
Thanks very much for guiding me to this passage. It's going to be one of my favorites, too, going forward.