Tuesday, November 3

The Blindfold

Today, I share with you a story that I received as an email. I tried to find out the author but he or she remains anonymous. This story may be true or it may just be a legend. I found conflicting accounts. Either way, I hope you enjoy it.

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian young male’s Rite of Passage?

The youth’s 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.

During the night, the boy is naturally terrified. He hears all kinds of noises. The wind blows the grass. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. But he sits stoically, throughout the long night, never removing the blindfold.

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appears and he removes his blindfold. It is then that he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

Once the youth survives the night, he is a man. When he returns to his friends, he cannot tell them of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

Moral of the story: Just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not there.

We are never alone. When the howling of circumstances surrounds us and the darkness of afflictions blinds us, we can know that the light of the Son is upon us and that the Father watches over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

8 Responses
  1. Sheila Deeth Says:

    It's a lovely image. Thank you.

  2. Lynn, you're right on with your story. It's simply the culture of those people for the boy's right of passage. I did my own research and found that there's hoax versions of this and one must pay close attention as to not be misled to believe something that isn't true.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Very nice. Thanks, Lynn.

  4. Good morning Lynn,

    Not only is God always with us, we are totally clueless about all the accidents, crises and tragedies that do NOT happen to us. God protects us from so much that we will learn about only when we get to heaven.

    Thank you, Lord!

    Be blessed,


  5. Sylvia Says:

    Such an amazing truth Lynn. It may be a story or not, but it's totally true in my exerience. Thank you for posting it and reminding us.

  6. If I ever get lost in a forest, this will be a wonderful reminder to calm my fears. Or perhaps lost in life...Great post my friend!

  7. Beautiful post Lynn. How often do we sit "blindfolded" to our heavenly Father's purposes that are often hidden in His mercies...Later we see how He moved heaven and earth to protect His child from harm. What a loving portrait of a father's love for his son, and our Father's love for us!

  8. Marja Says:

    Lynn! I don't know where you always get these wonderful stories (it wouldn't surprise me if you made them up!) but they are always great illustrations. Thanks again for a wonderful post!