When Your Hut is on Fire

I attended a United Methodist Women's meeting with my mom last year. She was leading the group that night, and shared the following story:

"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 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. 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."

Mom sent me a copy of this story soon after that night, and I pull it out every now and then when I need a reminder. Tonight, I thought you might need a reminder, too.

When all is lost, and your hut is on fire, know that God is on His way. He sees you. He knows what you're going through. He's got your back.

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Notable Quote:

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."--Christopher Reeve
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