Sunday, May 22, 2011


Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youths 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 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, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble come, 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."


Dezinaworld said...

Thats so beautiful. what a lovely story and a very assuring truth too.
thanks for sharing
hugs June xxxx

Healing Woman said...

I loved reading the story you presented here. Very touching. The pictures are beautiful as well.

slommler said...

Oh so true! I loved this story and it brought a tear to my eye. Our Father loves us so much! He asks us to walk this earth; but He is ever present in our lives...sometimes carrying us!!!! Love Him!!
Thanks hun

Paxie said...

Oh Patti...I'm almost speechless.

Absolutely beautiful story!!

My great grandfather was full blooded Cherokee :)

Mollye said...

Beautiful new bloggy look!

Junibears said...

A wonderful post dear Patti. A beautiful story and beautifully illustrated. Thank you for sharing. Hugs xx

Junibears said...

A wonderful post dear Patti. A beautiful story and beautifully illustrated. Thank you for sharing. Hugs xx

Judi said...

Hi Patti *hugs*
I had never heard of this story and I have to admit I was a little frightened thinking about it....but he was watched and loved...a lovely story. Thank you for sharing.

I hope all is well with you and your hubby is doing well too. Haev a lovely day.

whymsicalmusings said...

I am so glad you shared this it is sooo lovely! I also wanted to thank you for the sweet post on my blog. Sending you a huge hug!

SherryD said...

I have Cherokee in my family so the word always catches my attention. Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful & a wonderful reminder.