Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite ofÂ Passage?Â Â
Â His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.Â He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not removeÂ the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. Â He cannot cry out for help to anyone.Â Once he survives the night, he is a MAN. Â He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because eachÂ lad must come into manhood on his own. Â
The boy is naturally terrified. Â He can hear all kinds of noises. Â Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Â Maybe even some human might do him harm. Â The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but heÂ sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. Â It would be the only way heÂ could become a man! Â Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.Â Â It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stumpÂ next to him.Â Â He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son fromÂ harm.
We, too, are never alone.Â Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting onÂ the stump beside us. Â When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.
Moral of the story: Â Just because you can’t see God, it doesn’t mean He is not there.
‘For we walk by faith, notÂ by sight!Â 2 Corinthians 5:7
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