A Better Picture

In 1892, the pledge of allegiance was created, and the words "I pledge allegiance to my flag" were the first words Americans recited. img_7234

In 1924, a simple substitution was made. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America," became the country's new battle cry.

My became the because America was a melting pot of people, wandering in a new land, and missing their homelands. These immigrants were taking the words "my flag" and thinking back to their homes. They were pondering over the country they left instead of fully committing to the place they were now.

I sit here, reading this section of my government textbook, and cannot help but relate this tendency to remain comfortable, with my own experience. I make "my God" the ultimate one. I tend to equate my experiences, and the ways I have been reprimanded/listened to/communicated with in the past, into the ways I will always be. I make my experiences the only way that God will connect; this can be a problem for me in a different stage of life, or for people with differing situations.

Instead of worshipping God, I worship the way he rescued me from an experience. Or, I obsess over the way He lovingly provided for me. I thank Him for being "my God", instead of understanding that this is just a facet of who He is. He is also "the God". He is the ultimate choice, answer, and reason. He does not just encompass my experiences, but everyone else' as well.

For this reason, I need to start worshipping "the God". I can learn from my own life, but that does not stop me from learning about other people's experience as well. I must look at my life, as well as theirs, to see the many ways that God communicates. Above all, I need to read His words, and understand that the God painted there, is more wrathful, righteous, kind, and just, than what I may experience personally. By missing out on this complete picture of Him, I miss out on Him. I only get "my God", rather than "the God".

When I can embrace the fullness of who He says he is, I can stop looking back at my own country, own life, own mistakes and joys, and start looking forward to a more complete picture. A better picture, full of indescribable potential.

Love, Liz