This week I was trying to inspire my son, Kyle, to write a good paragraph about volcanoes for his science project so I told him about a volcano that erupted when I was his age – Mount St. Helen. Then we watched a couple of videos on YouTube and were both struck by the devastation and power of this force of nature.
One video showed the helicopters on a rescue mission flying over the flattened stripped trees and the pilot said “nothing matches the map“. The volcanic eruption had completely changed the landscape of the area. Kyle looked at me and said, “They need to make a new map.”
Things happen in our lives that drastically change it’s landscape. One minute everything is hunky-dory and then something erupts. Maybe the pressure was building for a while and finally exploded. Maybe it was a choice someone else has made and the debris from it has devastated you. It feels like in that moment everything has changed. You look around and think, “I feel a bit lost… Nothing matches my map anymore.”
Maybe that is why Jesus doesn’t say “here is a map” in John 14:6, he says “I am the map”.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
(John 14:6 NLT)
When you are in a relationship with the living map, the way maker, truth bearer, life bringer, you can lay down the self-made map of how you “make it through” and ask God to take your hand and walk you through the new landscape of your life. One step at a time.
“For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.”
(Isaiah 41:13 NIV)