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 canned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself 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. The worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger.
“God, how could you do this to me?” he cried.
Early the next day he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was
approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” he asked. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.
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 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.
Psalm 61:2-3: “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.”
Psalm 73:25-26: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”