Obedience such as this, I am at once so afraid and so in awe and so willing to learn…
Saint Akakios of Sinai lived during the sixth century and was a novice at a certain monastery in Asia. The humble monk distinguished himself by his patient and unquestioning obedience to his Elder, a harsh and dissolute man. He forced his disciple to toil excessively, starved him with hunger, and beat him without mercy. Despite such treatment, St Akakios meekly endured the affliction and thanked God for everything. St Akakios died after suffering these torments for nine years.
Five days after Akakios was buried, his Elder told another Elder about the death of his disciple. The second Elder did not believe that the young monk was dead. They went to the grave of Akakios and the second Elder called out: “Brother Akakios, are you dead?” From the grave a voice replied, “No, Father, how is it possible for an obedient man to die?” The startled Elder of St Akakios fell down with tears before the grave, asking forgiveness of his disciple.
After this [St Akakios’s Elder] repented, constantly saying to the Fathers, “I have committed murder.” He lived in a cell near the grave of St Akakios, and he ended his life in prayer and in meekness. St John Climacus mentions him in THE LADDER (Step 4:110) as an example of endurance and obedience, and of the rewards for these virtues.