Tuesday, March 3, 2009


The 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. 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 stung 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.


Kak Teh said...

Thank you and you dont know how timely your short, interesting yet meaningful postings are.

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Kak Teh,

You are most welcome. The purpose of sharing these stories is to bless the readers...:-)

I am sorry I missed your radio program the other day because I was ill for a few days and had to sleep early...I really wanted to stay up but knocked out due to the medication.

Take care and all the best to you.


Kak Teh said...

paula, dont worry abt missing it. But if you want to listen - just a bit of it - it is in my blog.

and once again, thanks for the story.

masterwordsmith said...

Thanks for being so understanding. I will swing to your blog now to take a look. Take care!