I’m used to hearing about Christians finding “crosses” in the wake of a natural disaster. (Find me a couple pieces of loose wood after a hurricane, and I’ll show you a group of desperate believers.)
But the artifact in Petoskey, Michigan isn’t a miracle. It’s not even that interesting. Yet in the video below, you can see more than a thousand Christians crossing a frozen section of Lake Michigan in order to see a below-ground crucifix…
That’s it. That’s the surprise.
It’s not even a coincidence, according to the National Catholic Register. It was placed in that location as a destination for divers back in 1962, then moved in 1984 to be more accessible.
It was cold on Saturday morning, March 9 in Petoskey, Michigan — it’s been a cold winter, to be sure — but that didn’t stop an estimated 1,200 of the faithful and the curious from venturing out onto the frozen ice of Lake Michigan, then trekking 800 feet from shore to peer through a hole in the five-foot-thick ice. There, clearly visible with the help of underwater lighting and a tent that shielded from the sun’s rays, was a giant crucifix.
Every year on one Saturday in February or March, if the ice is firm, the public is invited to cross the ice to see the crucifix for themselves. For the past few years, the ice has been unstable, and visitors have not been welcomed to the site. In 2015, the last year in which the statue was seen by the public, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team reported that a record 2,021 local and international visitors stood in line for two and a half hours to see the crucifix and to pray.
I assure you there are easier ways to talk to Jesus than going to a manufactured underwater shrine. But I will admit it’s entertaining to see Christians looking down in order to see their Savior.
(Thanks to Nica for the link)