As I sit on a bench looking up at this monolith, home to space invaders and Steven Spielberg, I find something spiritual here. But isn’t there something spiritual everywhere in God’s creation? You can see his handiwork in all that humans haven’t altered. Mato Tipila (Devil’s Tower) has been sacred to various Native American Plains Tribes for thousands of years and continues today as evidenced by prayer bags hanging on tree branches. It is sacred to me as well.
Imagine the physical processes that create such a masterpiece, volcanic forces pushing magma close to the surface, wind and water wearing away the outer layers of dirt and rock exposing the volcanic neck. The sheer strength is beyond comprehension. Knowing the geologic forces that created Devil’s Tower in no way diminishes its creator, its beauty or its spirituality.
We find strength, beauty and spirituality in nature, embedded there by God as a reflection of his own strength and beauty and a conduit for connection.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11