“The worst-case scenario in your life –
that I (God) might stop loving you –
is not even in the realm of possibility.”
Sarah Young, Jesus Today
I read these words this morning and found myself caught on the phrase “worst-case scenario.” I would like to be someone who always looks at the “sunny side of life’”with a hopeful optimism shaped by a positivity beyond compare. That is not me. I can imagine worst-case scenarios. Quite well, actually. At times this talent is helpful. Like when I need to ask for more building reserve funds (for the furnaces-blowing, trees-falling, pipes-breaking kind of scenarios). But at other times it is not “fun” to play out in my mind’s eye the bleakest of all options. Planning for an emergency is downright daunting when the list of things that could go wrong increases at a steady pace.
Yet because my brain can clearly see the way so many things can go very wrong, my attention got caught up short by the author’s “worst-case scenario” in a different way. Sarah Young’s reminder of God’s steady, unending love, highlighted the ways I often take God’s devotion and commitment to me for granted. When I think of disasters, I think of natural or human made. When I look at the world around me, I can see multiple ways in which the fragile web that connects and sustains life is under constant threat. And yet, yet, God is not on the worst-case scenario dread list. Just the opposite. Life is assured with Christ, and God is the ultimate provider and protector of what matters most. Our life, hidden and secure in God’s love.
The poetic imagery of Romans 8 causes us to look beyond the evidence of our precarious world to see the promises of the God who sees us and is for us. God has said in scripture that nothing, not a thing, can separate us from God’s love. Preparation and perspective are put in the right place when we can be rooted in the reality that the worst-case scenario of losing God’s love is not even a possibility; not even an option.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39