The only survivor of a shipwreck
was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed
feverishly for God
to rescue him, and every day he scanned
the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Eventually he managed to build a little hut
out of driftwood and palm-fronds to protect himself
from the elements, and to store
his few possessions.
But then one night, after scavenging
for food all day, he arrived home to find his little
hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The
worst had happened -- everything was lost. He was stunned
with grief and anger.
"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....
It's easy to get discouraged sometimes
when things appear to be going badly.
But we shouldn't lose heart,
because God is at work in our lives,
even in the midst of pain and suffering.
Remember, next time your little hut
is burning to the ground, it just may be
a smoke signal that summons
the grace of God.
God, please keep me trusting and hoping always, knowing
that You do not forget me.
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