Thursday, 8 January 2015

Is your hut burning?

Credit where it's due - I got this post from my aunt's Facebook. It spoke to every fibre of my being so I decided I would share it here. I hope it will bless and encourage someone else. 

"During devotion at 5am with my kids. I read them this story. I hope it blesses you as much as it did me. It's just a children's story. But."

Title: Is your hut burning?

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. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and in which to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, 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!" he cried. Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

The weary man asked his rescuers: "How did you know I was here?"

They replied: "We saw your smoke signal."

Moral of the story: It is 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, the next time your little hut is burning to the ground -- it just may be the smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

1 comment:

  1. That is a really encouraging story! Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday. Do you know if it's from a specific devotional or where your aunt found it?