The Legend of the Cherokee Indian Youth’s Rite of Passage

In this week’s Monday Motivation, I share one of my favourite stories about a Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage.

When the time comes for a Cherokee Indian youth to go through his 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.

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.

Like the boy in this story, we too, are never alone. 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.

If you liked this story, pass it on.

If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.

The first time I had a spiritual connection with God in April 2008, God said to me, “When ever you are alone or in pain, just ask, and someone will show up.” He sounded so gentle and so kind that His words moved me to tears. In that moment, I felt a kind of love so pure and so warm that no words in the human vocabulary could describe it. It was the kind of love that still move to tears every time I remember that moment.

God created us with free will. As such, He does not interfere with our lives unless we ask Him for help. Even so, He is always watching out for us. Every time you feel alone in the dark, remember this story and remember what He said to me. Ask for help and then be open to receiving it.

Chiao Kee

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