My brother would have said, “God made a home like that! He made it not with
wood and nails, or bricks and mortar, but simply by speaking the earth into
being. He spoke the words, “Let there be light. Let there be a firmament in the
midst of the waters, and let it divide
the waters from the waters” (Gen. 1)
and there was my home—EARTH!”
Earth is home to all people
everywhere. And God made our
home like no other home that has
ever been made! Would you like a
brief tour of our home?
If you do, that makes you a
geographer! What is a geographer?
Someone like you—someone who
wants to explore our home, Earth, to
ask questions about what is under
our feet and over our heads, to ask
why some areas of our home look so
very different from other areas, and to
meet all the different kinds of people
who live in your home with you!
Geographers study geography. The
word “geography” comes from the
Greek language and simply means “to write about the earth.” So, together, let’s
be geographers and write about God’s home for us, Earth!
While your home has a front door, and maybe a back door, perhaps an
upstairs or a downstairs, the home God made for us has no front or back, top
or bottom. That is because our earth is like a big ball. Geographers (like you
and me) refer to earth as a “sphere” because in Latin “sphere” means “ball.”
While I could see your home from the street, you can’t see the home God made
for us by standing back a little. The home God made for us is much bigger
than just what you see outside your window, bigger than what is down your
street, bigger even than what is across your country. The home God made for
us is STUPENDOUSLY HUGE!! So huge, we can’t really see it all! That sounds
strange, doesn’t it?
Have you ever laid your forehead against someone else’s forehead and looked
into their eyes? What did they look like? They looked like ALL eyes, didn’t
they? You were so close to their eyes, you didn’t even see their toes, did you?
But what if you ran to the very far end of the street and looked back at the
same person? Wouldn’t that same person who was once ALL eyes, now seem
very small? You wouldn’t be able to see their eyes, or even their toes, now.
But now you could see the whole shape of the person.