When I Was Young
I was born and raised under the Lone Star. A state that often defines itself by its independent spirit and nature. We loved to go to Six Flags Over Texas… My first theme park of memory. It opened in 1961 when I was 6 years old. A 6 hour drive to Dallas, and often meant an overnight trip. I have some wonderful, and sweet, memories of those times.
Why the name? Somewhere in the past it was noted that six nations flags had flown over the territory since the time of Cortez in 1519. In order, Spain, France, Mexico, Texas as a Republic, Texas in the confederacy, and finally as a part of the United States since 1845. Nearly 500 years of history represented by these six flags.
Many Texans are recognized by their independent attitude, toughness, and unwillingness to back down from a fight. These characteristics are easily found in the 500 years of history, including their fight for independence.
It’s easy to identify with a flag that is defined by the states governing body as:
The red, white, and blue of the state flag represent, respectively, bravery, purity, and loyalty.
Some valued qualities we all need, easily represented by the simple lone star flag.
Though I have lived out of Texas for over 25 years, it is still the flag that defines my roots. My favorite non-Texas state is Alaska. Another place with many of the same qualities of my roots.
“The Alaska flag has a blue field with eight yellow stars. The seven smaller stars represent the Big Dipper (an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major, the Big Bear); the large star represents the North Star, also called Polaris (representing Alaska’s northern location.”
Alaska has the cold and ruggedness I miss, and my heart often relates to this northern location the most.
I now live in Washington state and the only thing I note about the state and the flag is that it is the only state in the union that was named after a president. This is something to identify with – who was first to lead, and do we honor them appropriately.
Each of these flags give me a part of my personal identity. Sometimes fierce, but always longing for bravery and loyalty. Looking ahead to the North, and enjoying the furthest of the Pacific NW. Honor. Love. Respect. All natures of a flag, representing a state and country.
In other languages and times, the flag was often called the “Standard”. It represented tribes, families, nations and lands. Even God had a Standard.
So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19 NKJV)
How about you? Do you serve a God that has his own flag lifted up against those that fight against you? Does your state flag define you? Can we connect your flag to your nature…? Some heavy thoughts as we deal with the world around us.