Here’s a little story which has a pretty good message.  I know there are many of you who feel that your hut’s on fire.  My heart aches as I hear of those who have very heavy burdens, who mourn, who need to be comforted, who are terribly lonely, who are suffering unbelievable harm . . . .  Sometimes when someone tries to “diminish” another’s pain and adversity, it makes me want to bite them.  We’re not in a contest here … “If you think YOUR gallstone was big, you should know that MINE was the size of a BASEBALL!!”  Quit it. That’s not nice.  It’s not kind.  (And it’s not really a very good example of what I’m trying to say, but you’re all uber SMART, and you’ll get it… so read the story and think about it for the few minutes you have available).


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 him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.


One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find that the wind has blown his cooking fire, and his little hut was in flames.


Smoke was 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…..



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 our pain and suffering.  Oh, I know this is true!


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 help and comfort you need!





10 thoughts on “WHEN YOUR HUT’s ON FIRE

  1. Heather

    I hope you’re right, and I’m sure you are. But it seems like my hut keeps burning, and burning, and when is the morning coming and with it the rescue ship?
    Sorry to be a downer. I am grateful for all your positive words.

    1. MEEThinks Post author

      You’re NOT a “downer.” I think you said what many of us feel … “How many huts have to burn down before the ship comes to rescue me??” I pray each hut will last a little longer….

    2. Shonna Alva

      Once When I Thought My World Was At An End The Thought Came Strongly To My Mind, (So Strong I Had To Write It Down And All I Had Was An Eyebrow Pencil And A Grocery Receipt On Which I Wrote,)
      “The Road To True Happiness Lies In UNSELFISHLY serving Others”
      The “Unselfishly“ So Accented, It Was Almost Flashing.
      I Found A Safety pin And Pinned It Next To The Headboard Of My Bed To Remember.
      As I Lived By This “Tender Mercy“ From My Heavenly Father The Depression And Hopelessness Left.
      I Have Had Hard Times In My Life, But Never The Depths Of Despair I Felt Then.

  2. Camille

    Thank you for posting this today. Sometimes I tend to burn my own hut (aka sendung smoke signals) asking for help from others that can’t help. I need to remind myself to go to heavenly father first and more often. I know we are here to help one another, but sometimes I trust mortal help too often. This post has me thinking a better way. I need to try harder to go to god first in everything. A while back you had a post on prayer and communication with heavenly father. (At least that is what I got out of it) While I don’t neglect it all together, there is ample room for me to improve communications with the only one who knows everything. – sometimes I wish he would just tell me straight out certain things. Very seldom is that the case though, which is obviously his plan. No sense in giving all the answers on a test that measures things on an eternal scale. ;@)
    Thanks for everything! You are wonderful!


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