“So I went on writing. The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it. […]I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all of Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast pg.17-18 (Restored Edition by Scribner)
By: Gabriela Yareliz
In life, there are certain moments where things are intensely–yours. You can be walking down the street, and a child gives you a smile–it’s yours; you may walk into a beautiful place, and you are the only one there–it’s yours; you may be sitting, not expecting a single thing and someone beside you shares your silence and ordinariness–that moment is yours, and that person is your partner in sharing it; you could be discovering a city in your own way–it’s yours; you could be writing, thinking or studying and be so immersed–you belong to it and it belongs to you. That moment. That person. Like a drop of water that slowly falls from its surface of origin.
When you call something yours, it’s a powerful expression. Usually, we think of this symbolic ownership in romantic love. People even change their last names. Then, we have the family context. A child belongs to his or her parents or guardian. A pet belongs to its loving owner. A piece of art belongs to who created it.
When someone or something belongs to you, you have a deep relationship with that person. It’s like this person is a part of you. When you belong to someone, you matter to that someone. This person loves you. It’s like you are a piece of him or her.
Belonging is something we all seek. We want to feel wanted; loved. The power of belonging and acceptance enthralls us. Often times, there is a distinguishing feature or mark that shows belonging or ownership; a name, a signature or an image etched on the surface.
Currency usually has a face or some distinguishing mark that shows where it belongs (or to what country).
Humanity was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
In Mark 12, we find this exchange:
13 Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him [Jesus] in His words. 14 When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?”
But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.” 16 So they brought it.
And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
17 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”And they marveled at Him.
Jesus said, give to God what is God’s. Whose image or marks do we find on ourselves, if not God’s?
“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.‘”
He has called us by name, and we are His.
Because we belong to God, He cares for us.
“26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his ispan of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”
Matthew 6: 26-32
God has promised us that His eye is on the sparrow, so we should not be anxious for anything. Instead, with faith, we bring our petitions to Him, not because He doesn’t know what we need, but because He wants us to come and approach Him.
“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:7-8
Keep asking, seeking, knocking.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7-11
God wants you to know, He’s got plans for you:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
God says, “Try Me.”
“Bring all the tithes (10%) into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.”
And be assured:
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
God does not want you to worry or be afraid. Instead trust in Him, bring your worries and problems to Him. Ask Him in faith, and know He is listening. The birds of the air are fed, and you are more than a bird.
God unfolds His will for your life day by day. Your story is being written, and your purpose is established and sure. It’s you and God, walking together through this journey called life. He has promised to never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). He sees you and calls your beautiful, chosen and precious.
Make a moment with God a daily experience.
He says to you, “You belong to me.”