Off the map

Colossians 1:1-14: “…we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of…the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.”
Yesterday I needed some mailing addresses; despite help from the internet, I could not locate one address. The house is new, so the address simply doesn’t yet show up on maps.
Do we limit our experience of God by limiting ourselves to what is already “on the map?” We pore over history, scripture, and theology, and if we’re not careful we begin to think that we know the range and depth of God’s power by what God has done in the past. But thinking in that limited way begs the question: What if God chooses to do something that isn’t on a map?
Deep inside every human soul rests a seed of faith, a longing for God and “the word of truth, the gospel that has come” to us. So sometimes we feel drawn to seeking God in a way discounted by previous experience or conventional wisdom, and that previous knowledge makes us tentative and unsure.
The best course is to go to that place God calls us, even if that experience doesn’t fit a previous understanding of God. For my part, I want to listen to the “hope that is stored up for me in heaven,” because I know that somehow, that hope leads straight to God. And with God is the place I want to be.
Even if it isn’t on my old map.
Psalms 41, 52; Wisdom 1:16-2:11,21-24; Luke 6:1-11
Carol Mead is a former Mississippian and a student at Yale Divinity School. Find her devotionals online at

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