Here is the fascinating story of the Cherokee Indian youths’ rite of passage:
The father takes the young warrior into the forest, blindfolds him and tells him that he must spend the night in the forest. The youth 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 blows the grass and earth, and shakes his stump, but he must sit stoically, never removing the blindfold. It is the only way he can become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sun appears and he removes his blindfold.
It is then that he discovers that his father has been sitting near him the entire night. His father has been at watch and alert 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, always nearby. 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. We must walk by faith, not sight.