Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hut is burning

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, 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 to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened and everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me?" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was wakened 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.

It's easy to get discouraged sometimes when things appear to be going badly. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has positive answer for it. Pass this on, you never know whose life may be in need of this
today. Believe me, there are some weeks that we all feel our huts are burning.

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Just the words I needed to hear today! You do have some very wise posts and I nearly always learn or am reminded of what is important -- particularly when we've had some difficulties! Thank you, my friend. Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Neha Phanse said...

Another story that reminds us of THE omnipresent divinity....who guides and directs us...in his own mystical ways....our job is to trust him...that's all!!

Kevin said...

Indeed... dont we all know, but need constant reminding, of the fact that we should never loose heart and hope.

a lovely post sir !!

-Kevin

Darril said...

yeah I remember my teacher telling this story when i was studying in high school.. Thank you very much for reminding this sir.. will share this to my friends now..

nsiyer said...

Hi Sylvia. Thanks if I have made a difference.

Hi Neha.Almighty, unseen and everything happens.

nsiyer said...

Hi Kevin. Thanks a lot.

Hi Darril. Thanks for coming over and your nice comments.

Anu...:) said...

Nice post....:)

nsiyer said...

Thanks Anu

Anahita said...

The almighty is up there watching over us..We receive signals every step of the way.Its upto us, how and whether, we decipher them..its all about keeping the faith and doing your best.

nsiyer said...

So true. Anahita. We are just doing what His command is. Thanks for coming over.

Sushree said...

It's easy to speak of certitude and conviction once the problem is solved :-) But the moments of excruciating despair are the ones which truly fortify us & test our belief in the supreme being!

nsiyer said...

I agree with you Sushree. Times which are testing make us appreciate these. But can we see God in the daily good things is what we need to look at.

kalpana said...

agree wid u sir.. as there is a saying that "there is always a silver lining behind the dark cloud" (correct me if i m wrong here).. we should never lose hope and trust on god.. bcz the god keeps us going..

nsiyer said...

You are right, Kalpana. If one looks at life as a flow of events, life is easy. But we get stuck with sorrow and happiness, and suffer thinking that is life.

kalpana said...

well said sir, life is really a flow of events..

Samyukta Ganesh said...

Thanks...this was just the inspiration I needed...I am so going to keep hanging in there...thanks a ton Sir!