An inverse paranoid is someone who believes that no matter what is happening, the whole word is plotting for their benefit.
The reality of life is: bad things will happen. Suffering happens. Part of living and functioning in the bodies and the world in which we live (actually I think it’s probably mostly to do the human heart but anyway).
We delude ourselves into thinking we can control our lives and our situations. The life of modern man becomes an unbroken chain of movements dictated by his anxious desire for assurances. Our capitalist individualistic culture is the perfect breeding ground for such living and thinking. The reality is we have very little control of our circumstances.
But we can control our hearts and the perspective we will take come what may.
The inverse paranoid is not a state of deluded mania -a giddiness and a belief that one can do the impossible, a disconnection from reality. It is choosing to believe that in a situation where there are many outcomes that whatever is best for you will happen.
And the Christian out of all peoples, has the greatest reason to be an outrageously optimistic inverse paranoid.
We have a good shepherd who promises to be with us every step of the way. We are led before and we are followed. He never tells us to go where he has not gone before. We are surrounded and surrendered to his sovereign leadership. There is a leading but in the leading there is a shocking closeness and intimacy. That out of all things should be enough.
And so in any valley we may not know why or how or when. But we can choose to quiet our anxious souls and remain outrageously hopeful: Jesus doesn’t promise a life free from bad things and suffering. But we can choose one thing: to fully believe the words: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”
Endless is Your love
Like a river can’t be stopped
Who is like You, God?
Your mercy’s like the sun
Over us” – Steffany Gretzinger