Lydia is looking at “things.” Nate is looking at “people.” Sarah is looking beyond this present life, but seems to want to give an answer that will please Laser Eyes Jesus. And if Marsha Brady made a guest appearance, she would probably say, “Getting a pimple before your big date with the cutest boy in your class is the very worst thing ever!” (Ah! But what if there was NO Classic TV! Yikes! Has to be high on the list!)
I guess my point is that maybe in this present life, everyone could have a different “very worst thing ever,” and if we aren’t careful, we can get into a contest to see who has “The Very Best Very Worst Thing Ever Story.”
Do we even need to wonder about “the very worst thing ever”?
The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 (NRSV)
Sometimes I’ve read verses like this and I want them to mean that I’m not going to have any sorrow in my life. I’ve read verses like this to mean that if I’ve got sorrow in my life, then I must not be blessed by God, and if I’m not blessed by God, then I must have done something wrong. I’ve also read verses like this to mean I’m going to be “things and people rich” nor “spiritually rich.”
So maybe there are times when we bring our own ideas to God’s Word rather than letting God’s Word bring His ideas to us? When we bring our own ideas, maybe we can feel like we have the biggest pimple ever, have run out of glitter, are sitting next to the most unpopular kid ever, and (if that wasn’t enough) are going to be sent to “H-E-Double Toothpicks”!
All I know is that there’s never any sorrow, I believe, from spending time with Real Life Jesus. I’m not sure what “the very worst thing ever” might be for you, but I know Real Life Jesus is “the very best thing ever” for all of us.