There is a story told of an Indian boy who had reached the age of manhood and was required to go through the tribal crossover ritual. His father led him into the woods and, at some point in their journey, blindfolded him. He was led to a tree stump deep in the woods and told to sit down. The ritual required him to stay on the stump all night without moving or removing the blindfold. He was told when the sun hit his face in the morning, he could remove the blindfold and find his way home and then he would be declared a man before the tribe. His father wished him well and told him good-bye.
The boy sat on the stump and could tell it was getting dark. He began to hear noises in the woods and he was afraid. He heard animals howling in the distance. If they came closer, he would be helpless to defend himself, because he was blind to all that surrounded him. With fear and trembling, he remained on the stump through the night.
When morning came and the sun warmed his face, he removed his blindfold. It was then he saw his father, sitting on a stump across from him with a weapon by his side. The young man’s father had been with him always, standing guard, watching over him in the darkness, ready to defend him if necessary.
How many of you are willing to trust your heavenly Father and allow Him to lead you into some unknown places? How many of you are willing to sit where you are told WITHOUT COMPLAINING and simply obey? We tend to want to share OUR plans and point out how they are better or how they would bless us. If we will simply trust in the Father, sit where we’re told and obey Him, we will be blessed. After all, He is right beside us always, weapons at His side, ready to protect and defend us when necessary.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”