When we enter this earth and take our first breath, we’re immediately tagged with the name of the one who has given birth to us. As we’re being whisked away for examination, nurses make sure to check the tiny band around our ankles, to confirm who we are.
And, when they return us to our mothers, they must make sure our tiny bands match hers, to confirm that we belong to her.
That word, belong, is ingrained in our lives from Day One. We belong to someone, usually our parents. It’s that sense of belonging that gives us security and stability. Soon, we meet the rest of the family to which we also belong. This type of belonging gives depth to a new world we must learn to navigate.
As toddlers, we quickly distinguish between those to whom we belong, and those we do not. And, just when we think we’ve got it all figured out, we’re dropped off at a place called school where there’s no one to whom we belong.
Initially, we might feel lost, even frightened. It’s the first of many instances in life when we’ll feel like we just don’t belong.
“It is not good that man should be alone...” - Genesis 2:18
With each new school, new team, new job, new group of friends...we search for a sense of belonging. Then one day, we begin to pursue that ultimate sense of belonging in the form of a mate.
God said it was not good for Adam to be alone, so He created Eve. There’s something inside of us that craves this intimate level of belonging.
The problem with relying upon any type of belonging that requires participation from another human is that humans are fickle. Whether mother, father, sister, brother, friend, boss, or significant other...humans can oftentimes leave us feeling disappointed, unappreciated, unwanted, or unloved.
When people fall short of providing the consistent sense of belonging that we need, we go back to feeling lost, even frightened.
It’s during these times that it becomes important for us to remember that we are children of the Almighty God. Although Adam sacrificed one of his ribs for Eve, she didn’t belong to him. Although Eve gave birth to Adam’s children, they didn’t belong to her. No human being on earth has the right to treat another as his or her possession. If we are children of God, then it is to Him that we belong.
“He will not leave you nor forsake you...” - Deuteronomy 31:8
Belonging to God provides a level of comfort that surpasses all others. It is consistent, pure, selfless, fulfilling, and everlasting. As His children, we can always rely upon Him for guidance, correction, protection, and salvation. His Word says He will never leave us or forsake us. Even in our darkest moments navigating this world, where stress and strife are lurking around every corner, He is with us.
All we have to do to experience this sense of belonging is open our hearts to the Lord. We don’t have to audition, interview, or sacrifice a rib. We don’t have to pretend we are perfect. He’s not the type of parent that’s difficult to please, nor does He hold our mistakes over our heads.
He has loved us enough to create a pathway to forgiveness by making a sacrifice of His own – the life of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. And, all we have to do is follow Jesus directly to the Father, to Whom we truly belong...for eternity.
Leslie McGuffie writes about being in love with the Lord, and she loves sharing the wisdom He gives her about daily living. In her spare time she’s a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of three.
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