Is your hut on fire?

February 10, 2010

I can’t take credit for this.  I collected it some time ago.  The story is so old I don’t remember the source.  But it helped me a bit, so it might also help you.  If you know the original source, please let me know.

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 — 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 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 is 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, 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 a positive answer for it.
I believe there are some weeks that we all feel our huts are burning
You say, “It’s impossible”.  God says: “All thing are possible”. (Luke 18:27)
You say, “I’m too tired.” God says: “I will give you rest”. (Matt 11:28-20)
You say, “Nobody really loves me”. God says: “I love you”. (John 3:16 – John 13:34)
You say, “I can’t go on.”  God says: “My grace is sufficient.” (II Cor. 12:9 – Psalm 91:15)
You say, “I can’t figure things out.”  God says: “I will direct your steps.”   (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say, “I can’t do it.”  God says: “You can do all things.” (Phil 4:13)
You say, “It’s not worth it.”  God says: “It will be worth it.” (Romans 8:28)
You say, “I can’t forgive myself.”  God says: “I forgive you.” (I John 1:9 – Romans 8:1)
You say, “I can’t manage.”  God says: “I will supply all your needs.” (Phil 4:19)
You say, “I’m afraid.”  God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear.”  (II Tim. 1:7)
You say, “I’m always worried and frustrated”.  God says: “Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say, “I don’t have enough faith.”  God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
You say, “I’m not smart enough.”  God says: “I give you wisdom.” (I Cor. 1:30)
You say, “I feel all alone.”  God says: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)


2 Responses to “Is your hut on fire?”

  1. Sue Bell said

    Oh Tim, I so needed to hear this. I’ve been overwhelmed lately with both parents requiring emergency medical treatment, as well as my daughter having complications from childbirth – not to mention my continuing eye situation…. It is good to be reminded that God is in control, and that when things look the darkest, He is still there to provide light. Thank you for writing this blog – although I don’t always comment, I am a “follower”.

  2. lisa vogan said

    loved this….thank you for sharing these timeless truths…

    Praying for you guys…

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