Point Me Home
by Lisa Coleman
There’s a Signpost Forest just outside of Watson Lake, Yukon. It was started in 1942 when a soldier named Carl K. Lindley was injured while working on the Alcan Highway. He was taken to the Army air station in Watson Lake to recuperate.
In those days a simple signpost pointed out the distances to various points along the highway. One of the signposts was damaged by a bulldozer. Lindley was ordered to repair the sign and decided to personalize the job by adding a sign pointing towards his hometown, Danville, Illinois, and giving the distance to it. Several other people added directions to their hometowns, and the idea has been snowballing ever since.
Since those early days, tourists continued the tradition, and there are currently (as of 2021) 80,000 signs from around the world. Now the Signpost Forest takes up a couple of acres, with huge new panels being constantly added, snaking through the trees. There are street signs, welcome signs, signatures on dinner plates, and license plates from around the world.
We all long for home, especially our heavenly home. Throughout life, we encounter signposts that point us to our home in heaven. Source: Staff, “Watson Lake Sign Post Forest,” Atlas Obscura (Accessed 7/9/21); Spooky, “The Sign Post Forest of Watson Lake,” (7-13-10)
As Christians, we are promised a home in heaven. But what is Heaven? Where is Heaven? Myths and opinions abound in our culture about Heaven. Here are but a few headlines, excerpts, and opinion pieces one can find:
- Woman uses her obituary as her resume for entrance into heaven.
- TV show says heaven kills fun and passion.
- Stephen King thinks heaven will be boring.
- Movies make heaven look less appealing than hell.
- TV show depicts access to heaven as a point system.
- Famous author says boredom of heaven is worse than tortures of hell.
- Ringo Starr describes heaven.
- Actress Kate Bosworth’s view of heaven.
- B B King on heaven and hell.
- Former New York Mayor says he’s earned heaven.
- Yes, I want to go to heaven…Just not yet.
There is even a website called Heaven’s Registry and for $20 you are guaranteed admission into heaven.
We embark upon a new Bible Study this week entitled Heaven: Peace for Today – Hope for Tomorrow. Our study is based upon Randy Alcorn’s best-selling book, Heaven. Over the next six weeks, we are going to follow the Biblical signs, and truths pointing to our Heavenly home. And we don’t need a $20 ticket! I hope you will join us.
Keep an eye out here in the days ahead for a link to the landing page for the new study series.