Welcome to my blog! I’m so happy you stopped by today. If you’ve ever wondered what’s the worst that could happen, then I hope you’ll find this excerpt from my book enlightening.
My youngest son is a “Curious George.” He loves to ask, “Why?” As bothersome as that can be at times, I’m thankful that he has an inquisitive mind. You can almost see the wheels of knowledge turning in his head as he hangs on every word that gives light to his questions. One day while driving in the car, Parker asked, “Mom, what’s the worst thing that can happen?” I knew exactly where this question originated. The night before our family had cuddled together in the hallway of our home with flashlights, blankets, and the cell phone, waiting for a furious storm to pass. Parker had many questions that night . “What if the tornado hits our house? What if the roof falls in and chops off my leg? What if we’re all killed by the tornado, even the dog?” he cried. I thought we had been successful in calming his fears. Evidently, I was wrong. Parker still needed to know the worst possible case scenario.
You may have a similar question—and with good reason. Disaster is all around us. It appears we are living in a new era, a time filled with darkness, mystery, and fear. Terrorists seeking nuclear bombs, global warming, widespread epidemics, rising crime rates, social instability, the list is long. It seems we really do have cause to fear. Or do we? Jesus told us that we can wars, famine, and uncertain times—and then the end will come. If that’s the case, then what is the worst thing that could happen to us? Is it a failing economy? Is it global warming? Or is it the end of time?
The troubles in our world today are not new. They may come upon us in a new way, but they are still the same temptations, trails, and troubles that have always confronted society since the Garden of Eden. Every day the newspaper, radio, Internet, and television give evidence to the fact that our world is evil.
While awful things may happen to us as a result of living in this fallen world, our hope lies in God’s everlasting and unchanging love. His love promises to sustain us, restore us, and make us new. It doesn’t matter what we face in this life when we know that God, in His timing, will change the outcome either in this world or the next. That’s a promise! My hope is that one day I will be reunited with those I love who have gone on before me. Likewise, the disabled person will one day be made whole by the love of God. The lame will walk and the blind will see. The deaf will hear and the mute will speak, all by the power of love. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
While tragedy and sorrow may touch our lives by way of sickness, a fallen economy, devastating wars, or the fury of nature in the form of a tsunami or tornado, the worst thing that can happen to a person is never to know the love of God. I came to this realization when I thought about the question Parker asked me, “What is the worst thing that can happen?”
Parker agreed, “Oh, yeah! If you don’t know God’s love you can’t be forgiven of your sins and go to heaven.
Nothing is worse than that!”
Parker was right on target. Those without the love of God not only suffer in this world but in the world to come. They will not be comforted or made whole. Instead, they will live separated from God forever. Can you imagine what it’s like to be totally separated from God? The Bible calls it hell. This world in which we live is filled with much wickedness, immorality, and violence. Just think how much worse it would be without the presence of God caring for His own and holding back evil? Because of God’s Spirit in the world, even those who do evil benefit from His mercy. Imagine what it would be like to live without that mercy forever.
…Friend, nothing we face on this earth is as tragic as not knowing the love of God. Once you and I are secure in His love, the Bible says nothing can separate us from Him. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35;39). Holding our burdens and concerns before the backdrop of the cross, where God displayed His greatest love for you and me, allows us to know this: If you have Jesus, you have everything you need. Living without Him is the worst possible scenario for any man or woman.
Okay sister’s. Help me encourage those who may be struggling with this truth. If you’ve found the love of Christ to be more than enough for you, leave a hearty “A-Men” in the comment section. If you want to leave more than an “a-men,” we’d love to hear your testimony!