Since I have been a hiker I have been a lover, admirer and builder of cairns.
This photo was taken of a cairn in Arches National Park that helped us find our way back to our trailhead in the deep snow when footprints weren't visible.
And for a while, this photo hung in our living room above our couch.
Not necessarily because I thought the photo was amazing, but to serve as a remembrance.
To help me remember where I came from, and where I am going.
I don't know if your aware of this, but the first "cairn"(or then God called it an ebenezer) was built by the Israelites as a reminder of where God had brought his people.
So that when their children, and their children's children asked about the stones, they would be told of the way the Lord brought the 12 tribes of Israel and the Arc of the Covenant through the cut off waters of the Jordan River .
Since then, people have built these simple structures of stacked rocks to serve as a guide when traveling or hiking in the wilderness.
They serve as a way to help the hiker find themselves safely home.
But to me, cairns mean so much more.
I have walked through several hard seasons of life.
Many heartaches, many disappointments, many triumphs, and lots of pain and uncertainty.
And during each season, during each heartache, I am reminded that I need to remember.
Just as the Israelites were told to build an ebenezer to remember where the Lord brought them, I must too remember.
For my sake, for my husband's sake, for our children's sake and their children's sake.
That my journey can serve as pillars of remembrance of God's providence and deliverance.
In life, I am not able to build structural cairns to remember each deliverance and each journey.
So I get creative.
I have prayers I keep. Journals I keep to remember. Paintings and art I have created help me remember. And tattoos help me remember. One of my next tattoos is going to be a simple cairn.
So that I can remember, and give testament for the rest of my life to God's faithfulness.
A few weeks ago, our old pastor spoke of this at church (which is crazy, because I was already formulating thoughts for this post in my mind!)
I had a pretty out of body experience as I came and told some of my story in front of the church. The spirit was nudging me telling me that other people needed to hear what He has done for me, and that my story is not all my own.
I wanted to share the link to the sermon if you wanted to listen to what he had to say and to hear yours truly share a bit of what was on my heart.
If you are a hiker and admirer of cairns as I am, I am so excited to share with you a beautiful new collection skillfully crafted by Brittany from The Home Ground.
I've been looking for a cairn necklace for several years, and have never found anything that fits my taste.
She's created some stunning pieces!