|The Making of a Brave|
One American Indian tribe had a unique practice for training young braves. On the night of his 13th birthday, a boy was blindfolded and taken into the middle of a dense forest. He was left all alone, the first time he'd been away from the security of his family and tribe. When he took off the blindfold, he was there in the dark forest. All alone. All night.
If a twig snapped, he wondered if a wild animal was ready to pounce. If an animal howled, he imagined a wolf coming for him. The wind in the leaves brought to his mind all kinds of sinister images.
Finally, if the boy persevered, the first rays of morning began to lighten the forest. He saw the trees, the flowers, the outline of the path. Then, to his astonishment, he saw a man standing a few feet away: his father! Standing there with bow and arrow, watching over him—where he'd been all night.
When you're going through a dark time, remember that, when the darkness clears, you'll see your Father there with you. His love is watching over you.
Reference: SoulSalsa, Leonard Sweet, pp. 23-24.