“The earth is the Lord‘s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” “Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.” “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?.. Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in.” “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Psalm 24:1-2; Job 41:11; Isaiah 40:12,21-22; Colossians 1:15-17
There is nothing like taking pause to consider the earth, and sky, and sea, and remember, with hushed humility and adoration, Whose they are. It is good to recognize that the intricacies of flower petals and spider webs, the rhythms of tide and changing shape of moon, the coursing of blood through our veins and the holding, then dropping, of rain from clouds, are all gifts from the Creator’s grand imagination and power. Wondering at the Almighty’s majesty and acknowledging His ownership of all creation keeps us secure, thankful, able to rest in His authority and trust His reign.
What gets me to the place that I think I own my life, that I can control what I do and what will happen? Where did I begin gripping the reins so hard I do not relinquish my future hopes, my arranging for security, my plans for loved ones, or my tastes and preferences? Gravity keeps us here on earth, but does not need to keep us pulled to self and horizontal, inward, self-propelled living. Taking time, which takes intentional planning and guarding, to behold the Lord in His word and creation, realigns our thinking and readjusts our sense of possession.
“Heav’n above is softer blue,
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen;
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow,
Flow’rs with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know,
I am His, and He is mine.” ~George W. Robinson (1876)
Father, open my eyes, my heart, my fists, to concede and appreciate Your ownership of everything, including me. May my life be a joy-filled response to Your loving care, provision, and authority, and may I reflect to the world Whose I am.