You Are Not Alone

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

Someone shared with me the following story of 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.

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.

As I read the story, I was reminded that we, too, have many rites of passage in this life. However, just like the young lad in the story, we are never alone in our journey.

Maybe you are experiencing just such a trial at this very moment. My prayer for you this week is that you will know firsthand the love of the Father, and that you will be ever conscious of His presence in your life.

Would love to hear your story of how you came to the realization you were not alone.

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