Get out your maps; your GPS devices. We’re going to do some traveling with a purpose.
The waypoints are Paphos on the island of Cyprus, Perga in southern Turkey, Antioch in south-central Turkey. We easily gloss over biblical towns, journeyed to and from. Paul and the disciples did not go to Paris or London, cities we have on our mind-maps. The Old and New testaments chronicle so many name places we hardly know the location’s stories. But this is nothing new when it comes to travel novels and memoirs of unfamiliar places. Whether we get up and go or sit as an armchair traveler, we can apply either travel method to our biblical maps and cement the places and their stories in our minds. Many bibles include bible maps. Feeling the air of name places, we understand the exploits of Paul, Moses, Jesus, and many others who traveled a part of the world we only experience in a newscast.
Paul’s discourse in the synagogue at Antioch gives a travel story chronicling the listeners’ salvation story leading to the descendants of David, one of which is Jesus. The fulfillment of our salvation history has two parts; one, of places and events in which God has watched over and intervened, and two, the places and stories of Jesus’ travels leading to Calvary, to the present, and to the future. But the traveling is not complete. Our vacation travels upon arrival are sort-lived. We must pack up and travel home. In our faith journey, we travel without arriving, and we change as we go without completion.
We have taken transcendental photos of sunrises at the beach or mist on a mountain – images imprinted on our minds. May those sacred places and stories now be itched on our souls.
Dear Lord, may our travels bring us to sacred places and rejoice in your presence.
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