Tuesday, October 07, 2008

When Your Hut Is On Fire

A friend of mine sent this to me via email recently, and I thought it was worth passing along. As many of my friends deal with major life challenges right now, and as my family deals with the death of my Uncle Tracy, it's a good time to be reminded that there is often a greater purpose to life's obstacles. It's not a true story, I realize, but I think it's a good analogy regardless.

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 bad, 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.

2 comments:

Amy said...

Kim, I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle Tracy. The hut story is one that I truly needed to hear right now. Thanks for posting it!

Brenda said...

So sorry to hear about your uncle. I enjoyed the hut story. Sometimes just need to remember things happen for reasons unknown to us.