Our Fiery Trials Are a Smokescreen For God’s Deeper Work

16 07 2010

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 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 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…

God is the Master of Working at a deeper level than we can conceive of at the moment of our difficulty. He IS doing things greater and more wondrous than “our little hut” can fathom. Next time things aren’t what we want them to be, will we, will you respond with WORSHIP? Will we TRUST HIM to handle whatever the situation, and KNOW He is There in that pain and difficulty, Working something beyond our hopes—if we’ll be patient and WORSHIP? : ) Important choice.




One response

3 08 2010

What if the reason the hut burned down was that an indigineous tribe from another island came and were offended that a stranger was on “their island” so they burned the hut, but not finding its occupant, left the island.

Then, God, who had enabled the man to find the driftwood and built the hut in the first place, in response and redemption, caused the navigator of the ship to see the smoke and know that the ship should go there.

This then would be a more accurate story. We have an enemy and an imperfect world. But followers of Jesus have a redeemer who can take our worst nightmare and redeem it to our benefit. He did not have to be the one creating the nightmare to bring blessing from it. Shalom!

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