TO INFINITY . . . AND BEYOND! You’ve heard the catchphrase, or maybe you haven’t!
Buzz Lightyear, in the Toy Story movies, announces it every time he’s about to embark on an expedition. It gives the sense of endless possibilities – nothing is too hard!
It’s also quoted by Woody, as Buzz tells him that they will be together, to which Woody replies, “for infinity and beyond.”
What a sentiment! The thought of having a friend who will be by your side for the long haul – forever and a day.
Paul talks about a similar notion in Romans 8, where he writes:
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
These amazing words come from a foundation of Paul’s experience and relationship with God. When we take a look at Paul’s life and see how he lived for God, we see that he experienced and really understood the inseparable love of God which allowed him to confidently trust in Him.
In this life we are guaranteed to face challenges. The tough times we go through have the capacity to drive us away from God OR draw us closer to him. Don’t let your circumstances dictate your relationship with God. It is His faithfulness, NOT OUR FEARS, that is the anchor and hope we cling to.
God’s love for us cannot be measured, it cannot be limited. It is unconditional, it is immovable. God sent Jesus – the greatest sacrifice ever made – so that we can be called His children. His bond with us can never be broken.
So . . . how much does God love us? . . . TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!!