Have you heard of the story 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 shines through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he becomes a MAN. He is expected not to tell the other boys of his experience, because each lad must come into manhood by going through the same process. During the night the boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him he thinks all through the night, maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blows the grass and earth, and shakes his stump, but he sits stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he would become a man! Finally, after a horrific night the sun appears and he removes his blindfold. It is then that he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been with him the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
How many people can do this, how many people can trust so much, without doubting, the boy sat there all night with random thoughts, and still he was not moved to remove the sash around his eyes, the confidence is awesome, he knows that the night is horrible, he knows not what creeps up behind him, he has no idea what next to befall him, but he was steadfast, now this is TRUST, this is loyalty, this is dedication. I ask a few questions here 1) How many of us would go through the night without removing the blindfold? 2) How many people can trust you enough to listen to your authority? How many people can take you for your words? Search yourself, build trust, and build competence.
Today, be aware that you are never alone even when we cannot visibly recognise it. God is watching over you, sitting on the stump next to you. When trouble comes – the loss of a job, relationships, opportunities, pains or disappointment and all seems dark and lonely, all we have to do is reach out to Him for He is our ever present help in times of challenges. His presence is available to all those who acknowledge Him