Posted by: Katie Cottle | February 28, 2008

Rite of Passage

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’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.
Wil d 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, our Father is
watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes all we have
to do is reach out to Him.

I saw this on a Caringbridge page and thought it was too cool not to share!

Psalm 75:1    We give thanks to you, O God,
                    we give thanks, for your Name is near; 
                    men tell of your wonderful deeds.


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