Sometimes when your house is on fire, it may not always be as bad as it seems initially. When bad things happen, maybe God has something good in store for you down the road.
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 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.
P. S. You may want to consider passing this on, because you never know who
feels as if their hut is on fire today.
This was passed on to me. I did not write it, but did think it was great!
"A man who smiles all the time...doesn't know what's going on..."
Our brains should come with the warning: "Danger, the lack of a factual foundation may cause a sudden shift from reality."