All I Have Is Yours
“’My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’” – Luke 15:31 (NIV)
Last week my wife and I returned from our trip to Iceland. We were celebrating our 10-year anniversary. Now, some of you might be wondering, “Why Iceland?!” Trust me, it’s not all ice. It’s other-worldly amazing with its waterfalls, northern lights, horses everywhere, black sand beaches, ubiquitous green moss and more. It was as magical as it sounds. Literally everywhere we drove we saw majesty. I simply felt blessed and my soul felt so refreshed.
One night I was sitting on the patio of the place we were staying, overlooking this amazing valley, with stars above, and waiting for some more possible northern lights and I was just overwhelmed by the bigness of the glory all around me. God’s creativity and goodness were palpable. And as I sat there grasping for words that might do justice to the moment, I came up with nothing, but I sensed God had words for me. The above verse was whispered into my soul. “You are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” The waterfalls? Yours. The hills with all those colors? Yours. The ocean in all its magnitude? Yours.
It was just this moment where I know that it’s God’s… it’s all His…but He reminded me that I am one of His kids and being a kid of a parent means that in a very real way what’s theirs is yours too. When I buy cheese at Trader Joe’s, it’s not just mine. It’s also the property of a couple of little giggly girls I get the privilege of calling my daughters. When God created the earth in all its glory and called us His children, we got to take part in the cheese too.
It reminded me what Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17:10 – “All I have is yours, and all you have is mine.” In the intimacy between Jesus and the Father they shared all things.
In the intimacy that God offers us, He offers all things.
I recently heard Rob Bell point out what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6. Paul says they were, “beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
So we don’t have the deed to all that land, but somehow we possess it. It’s our world to subdue and be fruitful and bless and bring goodness into.
So what do we do with this knowledge?
- Enjoy it! Wow…there’s so much splendor to enjoy! When a painter paints a masterpiece, it’d be a shame if nobody gawked at it and enjoyed it. Simple prayers of, “God…well done and thank you for your work!” are welcomed by God. (And you just might be surprised at what new perspectives this gives you too…you might not get too wrapped up in your problems when you are blown away at the heavens and the universe and amazing things.)
- Be inspired! God created and then He hopes it inspires us to create! Create beautiful moments in your day, love generously, speak kind words! If God speaks and makes beautiful things, can’t we in our own way too?
- Be responsible. I’m not getting political, I promise. I’m getting practical. If this Earth is something God created and allows us to have too, we ought to treat it well.
So Lord, help us be in awe of your oceans and sunsets and rivers and mountains and flowers and so much more. You’ve left traces of yourself all around us and we are blessed. Help us to be good stewards and help us create beautiful lives in response.