Many Christians today battle with the problem of feeling spiritually alone. I once heard a sermon in Pana that puts this into perspective. The goal of this story is to make us realize we are never truly alone. This story as told is an old Cherokee legend.
The story goes like this. Every father takes his son 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 at night, he’s a man.
The boy could not tell the other boys his 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 certainly be all around him. Even some humans might do him harm. The wind blows the grass and earth, and shakes his stump, but he sits staunchly, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man. Finally, after a terrifying night the sun approaches and he removes the blindfold.
It is then that he discovers his father was sitting on the stump next to him the whole time. He had been watching the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
We too, are never alone. Even in our loneliest moments, even in our fear, the Creator watches over us sitting on the stump beside us in our troubles and in our fears – all we have to do is reach out for Him.
We serve an amazing God who loves and cares for each and every one of us. He never leaves our side. He is always with us. “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 ” Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV