Watching the Map

Long distance travel to a far city is a tedious affair. Whether we fly or we drive, spending hours peering out the window at precious little of nothing makes us want to pull our hair in frustration.

When will we ever get there?

Especially by automobile. We watch the GPS screen, seeing that little arrow slowly moving across mile after mile of empty highway. Or we unfold our map, tracing our finger over the distance yet to be covered.

We want to be there, but we cannot hurry the trip. It will take however long it takes, and there is nothing we can do about that.

Yet, as we draw near to our destination, anticipation begins to build in us. We get antsy in our seat, repeatedly adjusting our feet on the floor and searching for local radio stations. Each sign we pass gives additional clues to our upcoming goal: the end of our journey.

We feel we are there when we round that mountain curve or traverse that forest preserve to see the uppermost tips of towering downtown buildings in the distance. We may still be an hour away, but we feel we are home.

Micah 4:1 is all about the final coming of the King, a clear prophecy of the end days, a Messiah message of faith and excitement. It is about the end of our journey, about rounding that final curve to see our shining destination waiting for us, high and proud in the distance.

“But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.”

The Gospel dispensation began with Christ in the flesh. That was the beginning of the journey, that moment when the trip still stretched before us in its entirely. The blinking GPS icon was at the starting point, and the highlighted route stretched into eternity.

However, the last days are upon us. We are about to traverse the last miles of the forest preserve that has blocked our view of the city, and our anticipation should fill us to bursting. We should be squirming in our seats, unable to contain our expectations.

The mountain of the house of the LORD is almost in our view, and when we round that mountain curve, we will know we are nearly home.

The Word of God is our map, and it tells us that our final destination is at hand.

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Originally published on 4-28-14 in Hope.

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