I admire historical Native American culture. When you consider the interpretations and philosophies of life from a people group so far removed from Western religion, they understood much truth with no written revelation. The Apostle Paul writes of this possibility in Romans 1.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
As I look up at these giant masses of rock, or even as I look across a stark desert his eternal power and divine nature are evident.
God created for his pleasure, and we are the benefactors of his good work. I enjoy reading Job, and as God is speaking to Job he makes it clear his love for creation and makes it clear our inability to create on his level.
We are most fortunate for the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature as he does. It is to be enjoyed, but never worshiped. As Chesterton says, “Nature is not our mother, if she is anything, she is our sister.”
“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” - C. S. Lewis
This morning as you read this my son and I are stepping onto sacred ground in Colorado. We are hoping to summit a mountain named for a Native American Peacemaker, Shavano “Chavneux” and a peak named for his people, Tabeguache, which means, “people who live on the warm side of the mountain”.
If successful these mountains will mark my 19th and 20th summits over 14,000 ft. My son will be summiting his 5th and 6th.
I’ll be quoting Native Americans with my photo posts this weekend.
"There is no death. Only a change of worlds.” - Chief Seattle [Seatlh], Suquamish Chief