Tuesday, September 4, 2007

from london, well egham really

I have arrived safely and soundly. Will post soon about everything but want to take some time first. I just wanted to share this story which was recently shared with me:

Legend from the Cherokee Indians

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's 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. We, too, are never alone.

Even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us, Sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him. OurFather would Never leave us alone, A love like none other!


Jonathan said...

Good story. Glad you made it OK.

Lacy said...

Good stuff. And I would like to know about what you are doing. Okay? okay. Honestly! (Said in my best Nancy from Pollyanna voice)

Jonathan said...

I'm curious about something. Is the group you are in England with associated with Mike Bickle and the International House Of Prayer? I noticed that you are into Misty Edwards, and know that she is connected to his group. I got to go to the One Thing conference in Atlanta 2 years ago. Very cool.

Rebekah said...

No, it's not. It's a ministry called 24-7 Prayer which has more of a missional focus than IHOP.