Map or Compass?
I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. I lived there for over 20 years. More than that, I was the pickup and delivery guy for my family’s television and appliance business. This means I drove the delivery trucks all over the city. I knew every back alley and shortcut in every area of Huntsville. Tell me where you wanted to go and I could tell you the quickest way to get there.
Now when I go to Huntsville, I can’t drive at all. I don’t know where anything is. Why? All of my landmarks have been torn down. My junior high school is being torn down and a brewery is being built in its place. The old farms around town have all been developed into neighborhoods. Banks are now restaurants and streets have been widened and renamed. My own hometown is like a foreign country to me.
Why? Because the maps in my head are no longer valid. Things have changed. All of my landmarks are gone.
Life is a lot like that. Things change. The landmarks we used to determine where we were and which way we needed to go have all changed. What we trusted in modernity, we can’t trust now in post-modernity. It seems strange to find yourself standing in the same place and suddenly not know where you are.
Jesus, in His wisdom, didn’t give us a map to live by. Life’s geography changes too much and we suddenly find ourselves unable to navigate by the fixed points we once counted on. Instead, He gave us The Way. Jesus Himself is the compass of our souls. Landmarks and geography change, but true north is always true north. There are some things that don’t ever change and Jesus is one of them.
Sure, from day to day we may not recognize the scenery around us, but Jesus—the Compass of our souls—never loses His way. Because of that, we never lose ours.
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