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Nov 14, 2007

God Will Never Fail Us or Abandon Us!

Park City, Utah. A stately white barn during rain at sunrise.
(Photographed by rhyman007)
My family and I are currently standing in the threshold of Faith, positioned for yet another miracle in our lives. God is Faithful and He is bound by His Word! Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (NKJ)" The Message Bible paraphrases this same scripture as such: "The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd." Faith is what we don't see and by Faith, we understand...

Below is a marvelous story that speaks volumes to me. It came to me without attribution and I have been unsuccessful in identifying the author. If you have any information, please let me know so that I can add it to this piece.

GOD WILL NEVER FAIL US OR ABANDON US!
-Author Unknown

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage?

His dad takes him into the forest blindfolded and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it.

He is all by himself.

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. Each lad must come into his own manhood. 

The boy in our story was, naturally, terrified. He could hear all kinds of noise. Beasts were all around him. Maybe even a 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 — at watch the entire night. 

"I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

-God (Hebrews 3:5)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was a great story! We all need that reminder at times. You are an inspiration. And I know that whatever miracle your in need of today you will be able to tell others of Gods faithfulness. There are many in need of that message today. :)

Love,

Maria

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful, beautiful.
Thank you for reminding us of his grace.

Serena said...

God is so good. We don't need to be good for God to be good to us - that is what's so amazing about God. He is always ready, He is always there with His hand out waiting for us to put our hand in His. God wants us to have a relationship with Him. God wants us to talk to Him. God wants us to run into His loving arms in good times and during the storms in our lives. Our relationship with God crosses all lines of denomination, doesn't even matter if we don't go to church at all - God is still waiting for us to want a relationship with Him. God knows us better than we know ourselves. There is nothing to hide, nothing we can hide from God - He knows the intent of our hearts, our thoughts, our deeds. If God can love me, He can love you. Try God, He is good.

Hugs & prayers,

Serena

Cyndi Evans said...

Hey Karen
Know that I am praying that God works out all things for good in your life! He is so good.

Love you very much.
Cyndi Evans

ShabbyInTheCity said...

A new baby? Well all babies are new...but okay, Karen prayers for your family!!!

Tea Time and Roses said...

Thank you so much Karen for a most beautiful post....

Smiles to you...

Beverly

justabeachkat said...

I love that story. I got it the other day in my daily Moutain Wings devotional. They listed it as "author unknown". The story is a good example of how blessed we are - our God is always with us.

Hugs!
Kat