By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10)
Today's Morsel: Today we celebrate Columbus Day. Columbus Day was first recognized as a legal holiday in the United States through the lobbying of Angelo Noce, a first generation Italian, in Denver. The first statewide Columbus Day holiday was proclaimed by Colorado governor Jesse F. McDonald in 1905, and it was made a statutory holiday in 1907. In April 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus and New York City Italian leader Generso Pople, Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 a federal holiday under the name Columbus Day.
Somewhat like Abraham, Columbus felt a call to seek for a new country. I'm sure he was a bit apprehensive about his new journey the same as Abraham was. I am sure many probably tried to get Columbus to turn around after days of no sight of land. But maybe Columbus had read the book of Hebrews and read where it said of the Patriarchs, "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city" (Hebrews 11:13-16). Columbus discovered America because he didn't turn back. You will not find that heavenly city unless you keep looking and seeking. If you turn back, you will never make it.
Sing: There's a country far beyond the starry skies, there's a city where there never comes a night, if we're faithful we shall go there by and by, tis the city where the Lamb is the Light.
Thought for Today: If you are seeking that holy city, don't turn back. It's closer than you think.