Have you ever heard of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?  It is meant to test the young man’s courage and to reveal a deeper truth of life.  In this ritual a father takes his son into the forest, sits him on a tree stump, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.
The young man is required to sit on a tree stump the whole night and cannot 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.  After his experience he cannot tell the other boys in his tribe of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of strange sounds around him. Wild beasts must surely be all around, he believes.   Perhaps, even some evil person may want to do him harm. The wind blows the leaves, the grass and the earth it seems, and  even shook his stump that he was sitting on, but he sits stoically, never removing the blindfold. This is the only way that 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.

Moral of the story:
Just because you can’t see God,
Doesn’t mean He is not there.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

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