Is Your Hut Burning?
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. Everyday, he prayed intently for God to rescue him, but it seemed He just wasn’t listening. He eventually managed to build himself a hut out of driftwood to protect him from the weather and store what few possessions he had managed to salvage. Then, one day after scavenging for food, he arrived ‘home’ to find his hut was on fire after being struck by lightening. The worst he could imagine had happened. Everything he had was lost. He would surely just give up and die now.
“God, how could you do this to me!?” he cried.
Early the next morning, as he lie on the shore distraught, he was startled by a group of men who had arrived by boat to rescue him.
“How did you know I was here?” he asked.
They replied, “We saw your smoke signal.”
It is so easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. We even blame God for the things that happen, or complain because He doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we want Him to. But God is always at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time ‘your hut is burning’...it may be a ‘smoke signal’ given by the grace of God. He loves you and cares for you even if you can’t always see it.
edited; author unknown.
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