Today is “Native American Day” in my home state. I think in every state except South Dakota that today is “Columbus Day.” I do not know the reasoning that went into the name change and shifting the focus of the day, but I think it is cool. The Lakota and Columbus both tie into a theme found in Psalm 104 – discovering something amazing.
Psalm 104:1 calls for us to praise God who is great and who is clothed in majesty and splendor. For the Lakota and many other indigenous peoples, there is a holy connection to the Creator and to all of life. They see the Creator God in all things and in all of life. God ‘pulses’ through each creature, mankind included. The Creator is the life force. In my Lakota friends I see the wonderful way that they have of continually discovering God and His goodness in people, nature, and so forth over and over and over. It is awesome!
Columbus set out into the unknown to try to find a new way. As Christians we often wrestle with our faith and in knowing the unexplainable God we worship. As we walk along on our journey of faith, we often encounter the unknown or that which we cannot give a logical explanation right away. Yet with time in the Word, in prayer, in study, and in meditation, we can often find a way to either a new place of faith or to a place where we are comfortable again with God. Often we are also reminded of how immeasurable and big our God is. This connection builds our faith as well.
In Job, God tells him to brace himself. Sometimes I think we are like Job in this. When we are willing and open to God and where He wants to lead us in life, sometimes I think I need to brace myself. To trust and step into this unknown takes a lot of faith and trust. God asks Job (and us) who was there when the foundations of the earth were laid or when the cornerstone was set. God reminds him and us that none were there except the stars and the angels! It is good in this story to remember that God was there before the beginning, at the beginning, is here now and will forever be. Praise indeed for the God of the universe and the same God that walks and connects with us daily so that we can discover and grow in our faith.
Scripture references: Job 38: 1-7 and Psalm 104:1