The legend goes, when an Indian boy comes of age, he is sent into the wilderness and spends the night alone with a list of things he must accomplish. The time came for the chief’s son to be sent out. The chief had spent three years training his son and the son had both successes and failures. On a set day, the chief’s son was sent out into the most unforgiving part of the wilderness. Armed with only the tools and skills his father gave him, he set out. During the long night, the boy found himself both afraid and doubting his abilities, but he trusted the training he received, and completed every task that was required. About dawn, he heard something moving in the tree above him. Thinking it was a mountain lion he prepared himself for the attack. Minutes seemed like hours. As first light broke, the boy readied himself for the attack. But something was different. As the sun came up, he realized it was not a lion ready to attack, but his father who had been watching over him all night.
Take heart, Jesus is faithful to his word: “I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.”
Prayer: Protecting God, help us always to feel your presence as we go about the tasks of your kingdom. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.