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!
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)