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Becoming a Man! (a great story)

01 Dec

Do you know the legend of the American Indian youth’s rite of passage? Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 4.44.34 PMHis 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.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in manhood, protection

 

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2 responses to “Becoming a Man! (a great story)

  1. eileen Looby

    December 2, 2014 at 10:41 am

    What an exercise of trust. At the same time what a silent form of protection

     
  2. Janet Francis

    December 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    A son’s tremendous obedience. (The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold). But, a Father’s everlasting protection. Psalm 121:3-5 He will not let your foot slip—- He who watches over you will not slumber, nor sleep. NIV

     

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