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The other day I bought an up-to-date World Atlas. I just wanted to see the world without having to pay the high prices of flying to every spot on the map. I know it's not the same thing as actually going there.

I was intrigued by all of the places that I'd barely heard of, let alone studied. The hundreds of cultures, ecosystems, and mountain ranges; the creeks, lakes, roads, and national parks; the languages, architecture, and religions; you really can learn a lot from studying an atlas. But what amazed me most, is how little I've heard about these places in the news or even in books! I’m not talking about the bad things like earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters. I mean things like music, food, traditions, and so on. All of these pockets of creation just out of reach, just a little too distant, out of my sight.

But maybe not. I pulled out my California atlas and realized that even here, there are many places that I've never been to, and I live in California. These places are all relatively reachable and without high cost.

Recently, I've had the pleasure to visit many of the small towns that make up the gold rush region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and I was surprised at all of the wonderful little towns that I'd never been to. The cultures, old buildings and yesteryear-feel are one of a kind, and the only way to truly immerse yourself in this culture is to go there and take in the sights and sounds.

His Trusty Road Atlas

The Bible is also a great road atlas, plush with adventure, culture and wondrous events; but it also works as a great road map. God has laid out a path for us to follow. We must do a little research and keep our compass clean and in proper working condition, but the Bible leads us through on the journey to the heavenly kingdom. It doesn't take days of packing, large amounts of gas, or a backpack full of granola bars. All we have to do is follow God's trusty road atlas and we'll soon be sitting by the banks of a wondrous river, beneath the tree of life.  

“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them” (Luke 24:13-15).

Just as Jesus traveled back to heaven via the road to Emmaus, we are traveling our roads through life that will soon lead us home, to heaven.

How intricate and beautiful a world we live in, and to think that this is just merely a rest stop on our hike to the kingdom of glory.

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