Taking God out of my small box
In my lifetime I have experienced/attended Christian church services in America, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Austria, Croatia, Kenya, and now India.
Sitting in church this morning I was thinking about how I've been putting God in a small box. While my view of Him has been changing over the years, seeing how people from around the world worship and live out their lives has made me realize how little of my life I trust Him with.
I'm realizing how the small world I grew up in has shielded my beliefs of who God is and what He can do. While it is not a bad thing to be faithful in one place your whole life, I think it is truly good to spend time with people who live, eat, worship, and believe things differently than you.
I don't think Heaven will just be full of white, American Christians that only live, worship, and believe the same things. Heaven will be filled with my friends from America, Europe, Africa, India, and Iraq even though they all have grown up differently.
It's going to be a beautiful place and I can't imagine the intersection of so many cultures becoming one in Heaven.
I've had so many thoughts popping up in my head these first two weeks here and it has been a lot to process. The culture here is nothing like i've ever experienced. There is so much to learn about the new world I'm living in.
There's nothing like taking a bite of food, being surprised by a chile, and starting to cry because it is so spicy. (Everything here is spicy!!!! I mean everything.)
There's nothing like your Uber driver stopping on the side of the road to pee.
There's nothing like hearing horns honking, babies crying, birds singing, Muslim neighbors praying, and music playing from outside my apartment windows.
There's nothing like singing "Good Good Father" in church and it bringing you to tears because it reminds you of home and that people all over the world are singing it too.
I'm thankful for the diversity in the world and that God made it all. I'm thankful He is letting me experience His creation and His people all over the world.
"Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:11-14