I am enamored with Inuit inukshuks (click the word to see more images of some). It is on my bucket list to go see one someday. My simple stack above reminds me of them:
If you are not familiar, the following is from inukshuk.com….
Inukshuk, the singular of inuksuit, means “in the likeness of a human” in the Inuit language. They are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is “Someone was here” or “You are on the right path.”
The Inuit make inuksuit in different forms for a variety of purposes: as navigation or directional aids, to mark a place of respect or memorial for a beloved person, or to indicate migration routes or places where fish can be found. Other similar stone structures were objects of veneration, signifying places of power or the abode of spirits. Although most inuksuit appear singly, sometimes they are arranged in sequences spanning great distances or are grouped to mark a specific place.
I have been realizing with these posts just how much I like stones. How much I seek them out. But I have also been realizing why I am drawn to them.
I love that inukshuks basically mean “someone is here and guiding you, even if you don’t see them here now.” That is exactly what our faith in Jesus is all about. Even though we were not there for His resurrection, or when He visited the disciples, or any of the other times–faith says we believe in His power. Faith in Jesus says that we believe He is guiding us down the path He has set. Faith says that Jesus is with us.
I saw this cartoon the other day:
Isn’t that the truth? Even though I know I have Jesus; Even though I have inukshuks as signs all around me; even though I have a stone in my pocket/on my desk reminding me–Jesus still has to drag me along sometimes. Unfortunately, that is part of being human. Fortunately, that is also part of being saved. His love will never fail me. His love will last and stand forever, and guide us always.
So for now, I am stacking my stones. I am looking for stacks and paths. I am watching and waiting.
Yes, one stone at a time.