Tuesday, March 24, 2009

When Your Hut's On Fire

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 badly, 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.
(Turn your speaker up and listen to the song on my playlist) Be blessed!

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

*Thanks to my friend Rachel for emailing this to me.


Raising Olives said...

Amen, thanks for the reminder.


Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Had not read this in a long time but it's one of my favorite little story/illustrations!
Thanks for sharing it today!


BECKY said...

Therefore we, will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst o-of the sea!!!

Thanks sweetie, for this wonderful reminder of God's help in our times of need! I'll be singing this the rest of the week!!

Great story!!

Blessings and hugs,

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love that story! How true, we seem to only see our problems, not God working through them. Very appropriate for today!

Loretta said...

This is so true. I have seen it over and over again in our life.