Saturday, May 14, 2016


Gratitude Year 4-Day 135: Today, I am grateful for maps...and the master map designer. 

Maps are great, aren't they?  They help us find what we are looking for in strange places and seek roads not taken. There is a mystery to the science because no matter what we expect from the map...the destination cannot truly be understood, until it is experienced.  

Maps are part of the process. Mapping a path to a destination on vacation... or in pursuit of seeing an animal in the wild...the physical task of holding, reading and studying the map is part of the adventure. It is part of the satisfaction that comes in seeing out new places and first time experiences. 

GPS on phones mean many of today's children have not experienced creating or reading a map. Two steps forward and one step back.

Our nephew, Rob, is a big kid.  One Florida visit, when the kids were little, he created a treasure map. It was at the height of the Jack Sparrow craze, and for kids who didn't live with sand in the backyard, the adventure was grand!  I remember the pictures of Walker, Joey and Jenna with big toothless grins as they held the map in hand.  He even went to the trouble of making it look old. Honestly...I do not even remember what the buried treasure turned out to be. The adventure was in finding, reading and following the map. 

Today, I found this verse of encouragement. 

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” -Luke 19:10

Jesus didn't need a map to find us...He is "the way". He came to seek and to save the lost. When we look to him, we are never truly lost.  The way may seem uncertain, but He is a sure thing.

What a great comfort knowing we have him to plot our path. 

Today, I am grateful for maps...and the master map designer. 

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