Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage?
His dad takes him into the forest — blindfolded — and leaves him. The youth is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it. He is all by himself. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night he is considered a man. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience. Each lad must come into his own manhood.
The legend states the boy was terrified. He could hear all kinds of noise. Beasts were all around him. Maybe even some human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass and it shook his stump. But he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It was the only way he could become a man.
Finally, after a horrific night, the sound of the night disappeared. He could feel the warmth of the sun. He removed his blindfold. It was then he saw his father — sitting on the stump next to him — on watch the entire night.
We are never alone. Even when we do not know it, our Father is protecting us. He is sitting on the stump beside us. All we have to do is take off our blindfolds.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: A person can fail many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blames someone else!