The Burning Hut

hutteThe only survivor of a shipwreck 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 him 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, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger. “God, how could you let this happen to me!” he cried out. After much grief & sorrow, he fell asleep on the beach.

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.

Life challenges us with numerous & incredible opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. A stone in your path can be seen as an obstacle or a stepping stone, an opportunity … A lot depends on your attitude and the perspective with which you consider things.

It is easy to get discouraged when the situation gets tough. 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.

Sail On

Life is very much like sailing. Many are content to just sail around in the safe harbors and not really go anywhere with their life; whereas others set their sails toward the horizon and head out into the open sea.

It takes faith to set out into the unknown, to believe that God is true and that He will keep you safe and lead you on a true course. This type of faith is learned through difficult situations where you do what God shows you to do and you find that it works out.

This life and its limited existence can be so full of care‚ worry, and fear if you let those things in. But if you instead choose to accept His perspective in all things, you will begin to see the opportunity in every difficulty, the positive in every negative situation.

You will have the faith to rise above this finite world and accept that there is a higher plan for your life and that God is the One Who is ultimately in control. With each test comes stronger faith.

The shores of His blessings are not visible to those who stay in the harbor and never venture out; it takes faith to set sail and find them.

Don’t believe the doubter who has never ventured out of the safety of his harbor and who says, “There are no new shores, no new challenges, nothing new to learn.” Be the first to venture out, to let God set the course of your life.