The legend of 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 an 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

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.”

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About Pastor Tim

Pastor Tim has been an Associate Pastor at Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, MN since 1989. Prior to LWCC, he worked Northwest Airlines. In 1985 he founded and was President of American Infant Care Products which marketed his patented invention, the first fold-down commercial infant changing table now used worldwide in public restrooms. Tim and his wife Renee created a Small Group Ministry when the church was about 800 people in size. Today LWCC is a church of over 10,000 people led by Sr. Pastors Mac and Lynne Hammond. He continues to lead a diverse Small Group Ministry of over 200 groups. Tim’s responsibilities also include oversight over the Visitor and Member Relations Department, Leadership and Volunteer Development, and the Pastoral Care Department. Pastor Tim is also the Minnesota State Director of Christians United for Israel. Tim is a Christian blogger writing "Fresh Manna" read in over 160 countries. He has a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Maranatha College. Most recently, Tim was named one of the top 55 blogging Pastors and has a strong presence on Twitter being one of the leading Twitters in Minnesota and over 88,000 follower as of April, 2014.


2 thoughts on “The legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage

  1. Pastor Tim, you are one of the most wise men I have ever had not only the privilege to read, but to meet and be in the presence of. Your integrity, steadfast faith and genuine love is incredible. If you don’t hear it enough, thank you.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2013, 2:07 pm

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