Whereabouts – The Prologue

Location. Location. Location.

If you’ve ever tried to sell or buy a home, you understand why location matters. The greatest house in the world is worth nothing next to a landfill and a shack is worth a fortune in Beverly Hills because location matters.

Location matters because people and experiences occupy those places. It’s actually one of the most common ways we define who we are, what we are, and the values that define how we are.

I live in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. It’s located at 36.7023° N of the equator and 85.6916° W of the Prime Meridian. It’s not a significant location on most maps and probably a place you’ve never been, but to me and my family, it’s home. Those coordinates define my occupation, my relationships, my past and my present. It’s where you find me and it’s a definable part of my existence. Without those coordinates, this website doesn’t exist, some of my greatest relationships never began, and my life would be very different.

Where we live matters.


I was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky (36.9685° N, 86.4808° W) and I’m very proud of it. No matter how far I travel, Bowling Green will always be my hometown. It’s as much a part of me as the green eyes, brown hair, and last name.

Where we’re from is a distant relative to the DNA that gives each of us our discernible traits. Where you’re from has a say in how you talk, what you look like, and even what you believe to be right and wrong. In no way should it be more important than your family or our Heavenly Father, but it does play a role in the definition of your morals, values, and behavior.

Dorothy was right when she told Glinda the Good Witch, “there’s no place like home!” Even when home is gray and drab compared to the color of Oz, its where we want to be because it’s where we’re from.

Where we’re from matters.


In Scripture, God matters more than anything else, more than place, time, and participants. However, the places He spoke are not arbitrary. The places His work accomplished its greatest feats are not random. God chose those unique places because they matter.

Even casual students of the Bible define many of the more famous stories by their locations. The world began in Eden. The Israelites fled from Egypt to the Red Sea, Mt. Sinai, and then the land of Canaan. Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem, and Peter walked on the Sea of Galilee.

You can’t separate the place from the event and I don’t believe you should. The DNA of those stories is inexplicably tied to the GPS as well. It was in those locations that God spoke, God acted, and God changed the course of human history.

In the upcoming series of lessons, several authors are going to take you on a journey to eight different locations found in Scripture. The authors will describe the place, the events, and the importance of those coordinates and demonstrate the beauty of behind the location. The coordinates are not more important (or even equally important) as God’s Work, but they absolutely help tell the story. Because we can travel to most of them, you might say they help the story come alive to those of us who’ve walked through Jerusalem, swam in the Sea of Galilee, or gazed at the sheer might of Mt. Sinai.

The Whereabouts wants to do one simple thing, we want to point you to God, because He matters more than anything else. Along the way, we’ll show you just how right realtors are, location matters. It matters to you, to me, and to everyone else. Where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going isn’t something to overlook, it’s something to appreciate.

As we close, I can’t help but think about Psalm 139:7-10 which says:

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.

In all the places we’ll explore, God matters.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright (c) 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Written by Neal Mathis
Written by Neal Mathis

Founder & Editor of The Merger who longs to one day be a scruffy-looking nerfherder.

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