Thursday, November 19, 2009

When Your Hut's On Fire

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.

And I want to add to this: When we are in trouble and we want a solution, we will build a hut. If the hut burns down we think it is the end of the world for us. When the burning down of the hut produces the solution to totally bring us out of trouble, we realize that God had to bring us through worse trouble to get us out of trouble altogther. We were going to be content with a hut on an island, but God was trying to get us completely off the island by burning down the hut, but things looked completely hopeless for a while, until the rescue came.

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