Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Is your hut on fire?

I was sent this in an email and thought how true. Some times what seems the worst opens a door to something better. Enjoy!

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here? ' asked the weary man of his rescuers.
'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.
The Moral of This Story
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart,
because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.
Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground.
It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.


PEA said...

I guess there's a reason why they say God works in mysterious ways:-) A great lesson to be learned from that story!! xoxo

Karen said...

This is a great story! I'll have to remember it to tell my kids. Just wanted to stop in and get caught up with you. I'm too wiped out to do much at my blog, but I'm having fun reading all my friends' blogs:)

Joanne said...

Great story, so uplifting. There's always good to be found in the bad, isn't there? It's all in how we look at things ...

Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, what a beautiful, encouraging little story, Barbara. Thanks so much fro sharing it.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Hugs and Prayers,


Jo said...

A very valuable lesson in that parable. I just love happy endings.

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