It’s a good thing to have a map at home. A road map could work. An atlas would be fine. Even a spinning globe would suffice. I personally opted for a wall map of the world. This was in order to daily remind myself of the large expanse of world I live in. Having a large reference posted to a wall that I constantly pass by can help put things in grand perspective, and serve as a reminder that I’m actually quite small. So small, in fact, that I am a mere microscopic dot in a portion of one of several continents. In such a perspective, the contemplation of other groups of people who reside beyond the walls of my home and the boundaries of my city, with their own kaleidoscopic lifestyles and environments can become almost overwhelming. So vast is the earth.
As if in complement to this map of the world, a pair of verses from the Bible appeared in my thoughts: From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:26-27, NIV)
Mankind has stretched out to the ends of the earth. We all inhabit (and even alternate between) communities, adapt to our own environments, and all experience the same life cycle that begins with birth and ends with death. In this period of life, one cannot escape the problem of sin. Even if we are isolated from other people, all we need to do is observe ourselves and note the obvious lack of perfection in our souls, despite all our efforts to reach the standard. One cannot escape the amazing design of nature. Even if we live in basements, we need only to look at our own bodies and consider the amazing complexity required only to move a finger. The billions of us residing on the same planet wonder the same things. Why am I here? Where did I come from? What happens after my heart has stopped beating? To find the answers, we must find our Creator.