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Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Cherokee Indian
Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Boy's Rite of Passage?
His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds
him and leaves him alone.
He is required to sit on a stump the whole night
and not remove the blindfold until the rays
of the morning sun shine through it.
He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the night,
he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must
come into manhood on his own.
The boy is naturally terrified.
He can hear all kinds of noises.
Wild beasts must surely be all around him.
Maybe even some human might do him harm.
The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump,
but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.
It would be the only way he could become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night
the sun appeared and he
removed his blindfold.
It was then that he discovered
his father sitting on the
stump next to him.
He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We, too, are never alone.
Even when we don't know it,
God is watching over us,
Sitting on the stump beside us.
When trouble comes, all we
have to do is reach out to Him.
Just because you can't
God, Doesn't mean He is not there.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
I don't know if this Rite of Passage is true or not,
but I love how it reminds us of God's love and protection for us.
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