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Blind Faith, A Parable

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 hears all ypes  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 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 Heavenly Father is watching over us,
sitting on the stump beside us.
When trouble comes, all we have
to do is reach out to Him.

'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ~

Author Anonymous, dedicated to My Sister, April

Blind Faith Fine Art by Lisa M. Cliff, Find Your Bliss!
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