Wednesday, October 18, 2006

When your hut's on fire....

My dear friend Susan sent this to me after reading my last post....


The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small,
uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Everyday he
scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he
eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect
himself 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

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 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.

P. S. You may want to consider passing this on, because you never know
who feels as if their hut is on fire today.

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