(miComunidad.com) The Cherokee Indians have a very special ritual through which children become adults. When the boy begins his adolescence, his father takes him to the forest, blindfolds him and leaves, leaving him alone.
The young man has the obligation to sit on a log all night and can not take off the blindfold until the sun's rays shine again at dawn. He can not ask anyone for help. But once he survives that night, he is already a man. This is a personal experience and the young man is forbidden to comment or talk about his experience with other children.
During the night, of course, the young man is terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises: wild beasts that circle around him, wolves that howl ... or maybe even some human that can harm him. Listen to the wind blowing and the grass creaking, but you must sit stoically on the trunk, without taking off the bandage, as this is the only way you can become a man before the elders of your tribe.
Finally, after that horrible night, the sun appears and the boy takes off the blindfold ... that's when he discovers his father sitting next to him. His father has not separated from his side for even a moment, watching over the night in silence, ready to protect his son from any danger without him noticing.
Know something? In the same way, we are not alone either. Even when we can not see it, in the midst of the darkness of life, our Heavenly Father is at our side, watching over us, taking care of us and protecting us from the dangers that lie in wait for us. That is why, when the problems come and the shadows envelop us, all we have to do is trust in Him, with the assurance that one day the dawn will come, we will take off the bandage and we will see it face to face as it is.