A Year of Smiles – Day 244

Reason to SMILE #244: MAPS

Remember the days of paper maps? You know the ones. They came neatly folded in a packet small enough to fit into your glove compartment but opened up to almost the size of your windshield. And once unfolded, they never returned to that original sized packet again!

Then there were those big, bulky atlases – books filled with maps that never fit anywhere in the car except the trunk so anytime you needed it, you’d have to stop the car to retrieve it. The atlas was my husband’s navigational aide of choice and, of course, I was the navigator. Unfortunately, we didn’t always have the best of luck following these paper maps.

He’d say after finding that we were lost, “I can’t believe someone with a college education can’t read a map.”

I’d say, “That wasn’t my major!”

Let’s just say we had some communication issues. 

Fortunately for us both, we now have Google Maps. No longer do we have to struggle with bulky paper maps that block the view and probably have caused as many divorces as they have accidents. We can simply type in an address and boom! The route is laid out for us and all we have to do is follow the blue line.

Just like Google Maps helps us in our travels, we also have a map to help us along life’s journey. The Bible, God’s lamp for your feet and light for your path, is right at your fingertips. His guide for your life has never been more accessible. It’s just the click of a website or touch of an app away. You only need to open it, read it and boom! His path is laid out for you and all you have to do is follow. 

Having a map at my fingertips sure has made a difference in my family trips. Having God’s Word at my fingertips has made a difference of even greater significance. Without having to worry with navigation myself, either on the road or in my walk with God, I have more time to enjoy the journey and all the SMILES along the way.


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