Saturday, November 17, 2012

When Your Hut's On Fire

Weve read and viewed numerous photos of the tragic damage caused by 
Hurricane Sandy along the Atlantic coasts of New Jersey and New York states
 and we ask ourselves, “Why???  but answers we do not have.

A personal friend, recently engaged to be married, was diagnosed with
terminal cancer. “Why??? we ask, “does this afflict such a
person in the "prime of his life!"

A few days ago, when driving home from an appointment, I inadvertently turned
at the wrong intersection.  My car and I both knew that this was not the correct
street upon which to turn.  The question I asked, Why did I make such a foolish 
driving error?” On the 6 pm TV news that evening, the anchor man reported 
a tragic accident that had occurred on the street, along which I should have 
driventhis at about the same time as I drove a few extra blocks.

When Your Huts On Fire

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 was forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to 
protect himself from the elements, and to store a few possessions he gathered.

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.

Moral of This Story:

It's easy to get discouraged when things are going badly, 
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 just may be a smoke signal 
that summons the Grace of God!

(Thank you, Carolyn, for submitting the foregoing  to me...a wonderful message.)

Merle Baird-Kerr . . . written November 17, 2012
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  1. Merle,

    I thank God everyday as he sends out smoke signals for me to relieve me of my trials and tribulations and HE works.


  2. "God works in miraculous ways"...
    a "positive attitude" gains "positive results".
    Thank you as always...for your continued interest in these writings...hopefully inspiring readers to do likewise!