father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him an d 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
The boy is naturally terrified.
He can hear allkinds of noises.
Wild beasts must surely be all around him.
Maybe even somehuman might do him harm.
The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook hisstump, 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 stumpnext to him.
He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son fromharm.
We, too, are never alone.
Even when we don't know it, God is watchingover us, sitting on the stump beside us.
When trouble comes, all we have todo is reach out to Him.
Moral of the story:
Just because you can't see God,
Doesn't mean He is notthere.
'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'