I found the following except, dated March 20th, 2011, on my church’s Announcer (weekly bulletin).   The pastor usually has a short thought-provoking article within for guests and regular members to read with their schedule of upcoming events and other stats.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


How many times in our daily life do things happen to us and we throw up our hands and scream, “Oh, great!”  If we are not careful, we will get to the place where we think that everything happens to us is for hurt and judgment.  Remember Romans 8:28?  Are all things really working together for good to them that love God?

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 came.  Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and in which to store his few possessions and food he had found.  One day, after searching for food, he returned to his hut to find it in flames and smoke billowing high into the sky.  The worst had happened!  He had lost everything.  How would he survive?  What would he eat now?  He was so stunned with grief and anger that he looked toward Heaven and screamed out, “God, how could you do this to me?”  In despair he fell to the ground and fell asleep.  After a few hours, he was awakened by the sound of a horn from a ship that was approaching the island.  When the rescue party reached the island and rescued the man, he was so happy and thankful.  In his joy, he asked his rescuers, “How did you know I was here?”  Their reply was, “We saw your smoke signal!”

It is easy to get discouraged when things go wrong, but we should not lose faith.  God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.  Remember, the next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it just might be the smoke signal that summons the grace of God upon your life!

Ministering to the Multitudes,

Dr. Todd Lasseter



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