My son and I traveled from Green Bay to Minneapolis last night.
It was uneventful except for the side trip we took.
Near Wausau, there is a rare spot to visit.
Once you see the sign “Geographical Marker”, you turn off the highway.
Then drive another 3 miles and turn left. And then right.
You park in the little turn around spot.
Now, we had to get out and walk a quarter mile to the actual display area. There were signs explaining the significance of the location.
I took another picture.
We were standing half way between the equator and north pole and half way between the prime meridian and the international dateline. Wow!
My son, who is 14, thought that it was “interesting because it is in Wisconsin.”
I thought it was great. The first time I was there (in 1999), all they had was a silver plate about 4 inches in diameter and one informational sign. No parking lot. No long walk. No billboards to explain what it was all about.
This visit was really cool for me.
And then it hit me.
God can get to me wherever I am.
I Peter starts by giving some geographical locations.
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…” I Peter 1:1-2 NIV
The green areas contain the locations mentioned in the text. Greece is the red part. Israel being the teal color.
The point is: these areas were out of the way. People living there were not at home.
But God saw fit to make sure that they were included.
God always includes people. In fact, he calls them “elect”. They were specific to God.
You and I are also specific to God.
Don’t let distance keep you from God. That distance could be geographical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
God will find you and He won’t let go. He loves you too much to ignore you.
On the other hand, maybe you have a message, like Peter.
God may be using you to close the gap. You might be the one to get the message out to people who are not at home.
Either way you look at it, the story of God will get out.
What part will you play?