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).
WHEN YOUR HUT’S 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 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…..
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY:
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!