| Is Your Hut On Fire?
Posted: 14-Oct-2004, 03:59 PM
Mistress of the North Winds
Realm: New Jersey
My friend just sent me this on the email. I knew it was going to be good, because this guy never sends these things.
Is Your Hut on Fire?
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited
island. He prayed fervently 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, 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 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 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 a
positive answer for it:
We say: "It's impossible."
God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
We say: "I'm too tired."
God says: "I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28-20)
We say: "Nobody really loves me."
God says: "I love you." (John 3:16 - John 13:34)
We say: "I can't go on."
God says: "My grace is sufficient." (II Cor. 12:9 - Psalm 91:15)
We say: "I can't figure things out."
God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
We say: "I can't do it."
God says: "You can do all things." (Phil 4:13)
We say: "It's not worth it."
God says: "It will be worth it." (Romans 8:28)
We say: "I can't forgive myself."
God says: "I forgive you." (I John 1:9 - Romans 8:1)
We say: "I can't manage."
God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Phil 4:19)
We say: "I'm afraid."
God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (II Tim.1:7)
We say: "I'm always worried and frustrated."
God says: "Cast all your cares on ME." (I Peter 5:7)
We say: "I don't have enough faith."
God says: "I've given everyone a measure of faith." (Romans12:3)
We say: "I'm not smart enough."
God says: "I give you wisdom." (I Cor. 1:30)
We say: "I feel all alone."
God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Heb.13:5)
~That would be an awfully big adventure.
~Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.
Posted: 26-Oct-2004, 09:52 AM
Realm: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Thank you Leslie for that story! I forwarded it to all of my friends!
Seize the time,. . .live now, make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again- Star Trek TNG
"The report of my death was an exaggeration."
-Mark Twain, After reading his own obituary, June 2, 1897
If you ever have a world, plan ahead, don't eat it! - Star Trek TNG
Posted: 06-Nov-2004, 06:02 PM
A Friend to who needs one.
Realm: USA, New York
| That was a great story...thanks for sharing mate! I'll remember to burn any huts I build on any islands I get washed up too!
"Men at some time are masters of their fate"
Jul Caesar, Act i, Sc.2
"When sorrow comes, they come not single spies, but in battalions"
Hamlet, Act iv, Sc.5
"All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity"
Hamlet, Act i, Sc.2
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