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My Hut Is On Fire!

January 11, 2006

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.

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

Early the next day 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.

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 pain, and suffering. 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 grace of God.

How quick we are to ask WHY? Like Job, we may feel unjustly treated when trials come. But Job learned of a God much bigger than himself. Job saw this with out the benefit of the Cross as a testimony to God’s love for us. Surely in the shadow of the cross we can say with Job, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” Job. 13:15. Can we TRUST the God who created the world, gave us His Son, and promises that nothing, absolutely nothing, will be able to separate us from His Love? Rom. 8:31-39. I do.

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