I have put this story on my blog more than once, but I was discussing this very subject with a friend today and it reminded me of it ! We were saying, why it is that when some people have trials it makes them lose their spiritual grounding and others, it makes them stronger? I believe the ones that get stronger, are the ones that truly understand God, and His characteristics and attributes. Understanding how much He loves us, and that He would never give us more than we can handle...really helps. It helps to strengthen your faith, and a deeper faith... in turn gives you more peace and hope!
Understanding that everything happens for a purpose, and that many or the trials we will go through, will truly be our greatest teachers. But so often we are impatient, or our faith waivers. Truly understanding God, can help us endure things better. Many times our perspective is narrowed and we can't see the whole picture. Knowing God can ...really help!
I love this story, hope you do too. Night!
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.
"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." ~St. Augustine
"God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine.' ~David Nicholas
"Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message." ~Malcolm Muggeridge