Where do you belong? What are your connection points? Where are you “at home”?
Almost 5 months ago, we were blessed by 2 young children coming to live with us. Unfortunately for them, those questions were not so easily answered. But, these two have been a true blessing for our family. Even though their physical world has been completely torn upside down, they have managed to maintain a very positive outlook.
Just recently, Cookie Muffin has started looking at our photographs. She is 5 years old and full of positive drama. I love just sitting, watching her dance around the house. She wants me to play with her, but I have so much fun just watching her play that I don’t want to stifle her play!
While cleaning the other day, Spaghetti found some photos of his grandparents and parents that are decades old. He showed them to her, and told her who the people were. She took the pictures from him and declared them as hers. She has been completely fascinated by them. A few days later, she found some vacation pictures from a few years ago of the original “Food Family” here.
Most of the time we see young ones looking at pictures to find themselves in them. They want to know where they were when those pictures were taken, or they want to know how the family tree connects to them. But, for Cookie Muffin, she knows she isn’t “really” connected. She still wants to know exactly who everyone is.
As she looks, I think she is still expressing her need for belonging. She still wants to know when “this” happened before she came to live with us. Has she been “there” before? Are we going to do “this”?
We all have a need to belong. We all are searching for significance. We have all been in that place where our world has completely changed around us. From the outsider’s perspective, everything is great. We’ve handled that moment of crisis with flying colors. We’ve reached that top ladder rung that we were so strongly reaching for. We have the material possessions that shows the world we are successful.
Yet, we just need a connection. We just need to look in that picture and find where we are. We need to connect the dots to gain an understanding of our “family tree”.
Today, you belong. You have a past. You have a future. You have today. You are significant.
Psalm 139:14 – I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well. (NKJV)
I Corinthians 7:23 – You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. (NKJV)
Leviticus 20:26 – And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. (NKJV)
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. And their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord (NKJV)
Yes, I am compiling a picture album for Cookie Muffin. It will be of our ancestors. She has no relation to them, but she knows even when she returns to her mom she will be a forever part of our family.
What verses remind you of your belonging? What do you cling to when you need that reminder? Do you know someone today that needs a reminder of their belonging?