My wife is from California. Moving to Illinois has been quite a transition for her. Apart from the differences in weather and traffic and season changes, there has been another transition which took her some getting used to. It was the sense of direction. She grew up in the hills of northern California, where she could always get her bearing by looking to Mount Diablo, which towered over the region. However, in Illinois she encountered the flat-lands. It took her some time to get used to other ways to detect north. Over time, she has overcome and is much better at directions than I am.
When it comes to reading the Bible, we don’t live in the flatlands, where keeping our bearings is difficult. There is a hill that helps us keep the course. It’s called Calvary, that place where Jesus died. As you read the Bible, keep your eye upon the cross, or else you will soon get lost. J. I. Packer said it well, “the traveler through the Bible landscape misses his way as soon as he loses sight of the hill called Calvary” (J. I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness [Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1990], p. 286).