As the stars and moon hang out in the night sky, so does the sun mingle with the day,

When rain pours from the clouds, the drops of tears nourish the earth below,

As leaves grace the branches of trees with beauty, flowers provide the splash of color needed as a backdrop to the landscape.

Nature works in harmony – God’s creation models belonging to all who gaze on its beauty. We all crave a sense of belonging to something or someone. We desire to know love, friendship, relationships and community. We want to belong!

belonging

Questions pour from my heart to understand how, where and with whom we belong. Questions such as:

Where do you belong?

Who are your people?

How do you fit in when everything points to feeling like a newbie?

Do you have a niche that identifies who you are?

I turned to the One to look for answers and to discover what it means to belong. In the unveiling of God’s truth, I learned that His promises are unending when it comes to belonging. His Word is filled with examples of who we are in Him, how we belong and where we belong. The discovery was pure delight in knowing that “alone” is not a word that we need to embrace when we have God as our mentor, friend and Father.

I started here, Isaiah 43 and found comfort in God’s desire for each of us to belong to Him.

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior – vs. 1-3

My path in the Word took me through passages that taught how God not only chooses us, but shares how all of creation belong to Him. The words enlightened, taught, renewed and reassured that when I answer the questions above, I want to confidently answer- “I belong to God, His people are my people, I am His child, and my community is wherever God is present.”

14 To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Deuteronomy 10:14

Both day and night belong to you;
you made the starlight and the sun. Psalm 74:16

The heavens belong to the Lord,
but he has given the earth to all humanity. Psalm 115:16

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12:4-5

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:1-3

Belonging is working together as many parts with one body. It is agreeing to love, work and live with one purpose that points toward God in all we do. It is a sharing of ourselves with others. Belonging is building in and building up others to develop community. God at the center plus relationship with others equals belonging.

May we all feel a sense of belonging to God and others!

Blessings,

Mary

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