New Road Signs are appearing all over the island. Posts have been erected at some passing places, although they still await the usual diamond sign. (Tiree’s roads are basically single track.) There are some new cattle grid signs, some new signs at road junctions in Gaelic and English, and some new township signs helpfully in Gaelic and English,. The new signs will be particularly useful for visitors!
When we had a week’s holiday on Tiree in August 2012, what struck a chord was that the numbers and names of houses were not nearly so important as who lives there or who owns the property. Generally speaking this still rings true now that we live here. Directions are often given with reference to who lives (or even lived) nearby. It makes life interesting especially when you don’t yet know everyone on the island. It is all part of living in the community known as “the Isle of Tiree”.
On one occasion, in the week before his death on the cross, Jesus said to his friends, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.” Significantly, thinking of life on Tiree, Jesus identified where he was going by referring to his Father (God). He continued, “I am going to prepare a place for you. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” Adding, “And you know the way to where I am going.”
One of his friends, Thomas said, “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” To which Jesus replied, saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” Again, it is all so personal; Jesus is the way to the Father. The address is not, ‘Heaven’ but the Father. The direction is Jesus, not impersonal religion, but a living relationship. It is all part of the community known as “the family of God”.
We are just waiting to see what is about to be done to the roads. At present they are, to say the least, a bit bumpy with lots of potholes. Then again, Jesus did not promises his friends it would be easy being his disciples.