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MARYCAIN
10-16-2006, 02:06 PM
I ran across this in a Christian magazine - it gave me a nice lift, so I thought I'd share.


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.

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.

Saysusie
10-17-2006, 09:41 AM
MaryCain;
Thank you so much for sharing that. I think, at times, we all lose our perspective and get a little lost in our misfortunes. Especially when we are so sick and feel so lonely and our lives seem to be out of our control. The poem was so uplifting and puts things back into perspective.
Was this from the poem or was it from you?
"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."
Either way, it is so on point!!

Thank You Again
Oh..THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTRIBUTING TO WeHaveLupus!! Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated.

Always
Saysusie

MARYCAIN
10-17-2006, 10:27 AM
You should thank whoever wrote the piece, although no author was listed so I don't know who wrote it originally.

It came from a magazine from a Christian ministry called Rest Ministries (founded by a woman with RA and fibromyalgia) for people who live with chronic illness and pain - they have a website - www.restministries.org - daily devotionals, e-zines, a print magazine, and support/Bible study groups callled "Hopekeepers" - sometimes our lives get so overwhelming that it's easy to lose our faith - I figure I need all the help and support I can get. That's why what you do is so important - you are providing a lifeline for a lot of people!

ButterflyRN
10-19-2006, 06:46 AM
Thanks for sharing! :lol: