So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God I will strengthen you and help you;I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Once a father wanted to taste his son’s manhood. He took his son in to the forest blindfolded and left him alone. The son was required to sit on a stump the whole night and not to take off the blindfold until the ray of sunshine got through it. He had to remain all by himself. He could not cry out for help to anyone. Once he survived the night the night –he would become a man. He was not allowed to tell the other boys of this experience. Each boy had to come into his own manhood.
As this boy was all alone he was terrified. He could hear all kinds of noise as if beasts were all around him. He was afraid that may even some human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass and earth…and it shook his stump. But he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could be a man.
Finally after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he saw his father sitting on the stump next to him to watch the entire night.
We are never truly alone. Even when we do not know it, our Father God, family and friend are watching out for us sitting on a stump beside us.