The Burning Hut
The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly to be rescued, 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 and dry palm fronds to protect him from the elements, and to store the few possessions he'd saved from the wreck.
But then one day after scavenging for food he came back to his hut to find that his campfire embers had blown into the dry palm branches. His little hut had erupted into flames and the smoke was rolling up into the sky.
The worst had happened; absolutely everything was lost. He was stung 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.
"How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
Monday Morning Perspective
"Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence." -Og Mandino
It is easy to get discouraged when things aren't going as we'd like them to, but we shouldn't lose heart because God is always at work in our lives- even in the midst of trouble, struggle, pain and suffering.
We often forget that the toughest of life experiences molds and shapes us for our true purpose. The trip might be a little bumpy, and we might even crash and burn from time to time, but it's through that process that we are refined and made capable of doing the things we were meant to do.
Just try to remember these truths the next time your "little hut" is burning to the ground- that all is never truly lost until we give up on ourselves. It's possible that your burning little hut is just the smoke signal that summons the grace we need and the result we so desperately want.
Have a wonderful week!
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