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Sunday, 25 January 2009

Spiritual Sundays-



Hello everyone. I received this email one day and thought it was a good example of trusting God.

I'm not sure if this is a true account or not but I thought it was worthy to share today. To my native friends out there, I hope I have the story right!


The Cherokee Indian Youth's 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. 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 the 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.
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."
Please visit Spiritual Sundays for other wonderful stories and testimonies. Just click on the Spiritual Sundays picture on my sidebar and it will take you to the links. Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting this.

Have a wonderful day. God bless you and make you a blessing.

13 comments:

Carolyn said...

Great post!
Carolyn

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Sandi,
That was a lovely post,enjoyed it very much,
Blessings,
Sue

Joyfull said...

Wow, very powerful portrait of love!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

This was wonderful! I had never read this before and wanted to be there next to the young boy myself, what an incredible bond that father and son must have had after that experience. A wonderful illustration that our God is there with me always :)

Have a wonderful Sunday Mz Sandi
Kathi :)

micey said...

Thanks for this!

Clif said...

Great story. This is so inspiring and so comforting. Yes, God, our father is always there, here--everywhere, watching. Thank you.

Smilingsal said...

I always enjoy hearing this legend. Thanks for sharing. Happy Spiritual Sunday.

Charlotte said...

Wow Sandi, this brought tears to my eyes. What a great reminder for all of us that God is with us and watching over us even though we can't see him. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Charlotte

beth at aunties said...

whether is true or not it is a lovely story of the truth...we are never alone. It is a wonderful feeling to know the Lord is so close by:)
Thanks for your sweet comments.

Janet said...

What a touching story. Thank you, Sandi!

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

WOW! This is a wondeful post~~ I am so glad you shared this with us today.
God Bless,
Ginger

Shimmy Mom said...

I don't know if it's true of not either. But it gave me goose bumps and it's a beautiful analogy. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
*hugs*

Toia said...

Beautiful post. I love the story and how you relate it to God. Thanks so much sharing!!

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