“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” –Psalm 24:1-2 (NIV)
I love looking out airplane windows. Even though I feel squashed in an 18″-sized space with my legs shoved against the seat in front of me, I still like the window seat. There is something about lifting off the ground and watching the large buildings and cars become tiny insects along the ground that thrills me. My favorite times are when we rise above the clouds and there is absolutely nothing as far as I can see except a cotton-like cloud carpet, or nighttime, when tiny lights flash on and off below.
But, I must admit, my biggest thrill is coming home. I watch for familiar landmarks miles from the airport–a bridge here, a river there, lakes, a refinery, a large soccer dome. Once I see them, I know I am close to home. Where I belong.
We all want to belong. I think that is just part of human nature. The psalm of David above reminds us that we do belong. We belong not just to our families nor our homes, but to a land (earth), and ultimately to God. We are His and He is ours. He created us and everything on the planet, and every living creature has an invisible stamp that says “God’s”.
As much as I enjoy looking down onto the earth, I also like looking up into the skies. Sometimes I feel very small and insignificant when I gaze upon the billions of stars in a night sky, but I always try to remember that though I am small, I am God’s and I belong to Him.
Are you struggling with belonging somewhere today? At school? In a workplace? Within a family or relationship?
Hold fast to the knowledge that you are God’s and He is yours. He paid a price for you with His Son’s blood, just so you could be His. Rejoice in that truth, and feel peace that you do, in fact, have great significance to Him.
Prayer–“Gracious God, thank you for making me yours and giving me a place to belong. Sometimes I feel small, insignificant, and struggle with belonging. Help me feel peace in You, knowing that I am significant in your sight, and that you created me to be your child. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”