Beyond GPS 
Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 08:00 AM - Extra Christy
Global Positioning Systems have been around awhile, I've written about them before. I started wondering how they compared with previous ways of getting voiced, turn by turn directions: asking a real person.

One difference is that Global Positioning Systems are all about the now. Where you are this instant determined by satellites and how to get from that point to your destination on up to date maps. Some even have current traffic conditions continuously updated wirelessly.

Real people, especially in small towns, offer UTB based directions, (Used to Be). "Well, you go north out of town on Old Highway 31 and turn where the red barn used to be." Sometimes I think you have to ask for directions to a destination and specify the year you want them for, "Could you tell me how to get to the mall in 1986?".

God promises a new heaven and a new earth. I don't know if the new heavens will include navigation satellites or if the former roadways will map on the new earth. I do know it will be a very different place to live, with even wolves and lambs having a new direction in life, one without harm or destruction. (see scripture below) A world where lives are not dead ends and where no one is lost.

Maybe we Christians can start YTB based directions, (Yet To Be). We will travel through life with new directions that will be good in the future kingdom of God. One in which we neither harm or destroy. We follow God's path instead of worldly ways, and if the road isn't there yet...maybe our travels will bring it into being.

New Heavens and A New Earth
"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.

I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.

They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD.--Isaiah 65:17-25 (NIV)

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