There was only one person alive on the small island. He prayed everyday asking God to send someone to rescue him. Everyday he looked around for God's help but he couldn't find it. Tired of waiting, he made a shelter to protect himself and protect his few possessions. But then one day, after looking for food, he came back to find his little shelter on fire.
The worse thing was that everything he owned was burned. He was confused and mad at God. He asked God, "why did you do this to me?" and he fell asleep over the sand. Early the next morning, he heard the sound of a boat that came close to the island. They were rescuers. He asked them how they knew he was there. The rescuers said to him that they saw the smoke signals he made.
It's easy to get mad at things when they go wrong, but we shouldn't lose our heart, because God is working in our lives. Remember, the next time your small house is on fire, it might simply be a smoke signal that comes from God. For every negative thing that happens to us, we should tell ourselves, "God has a positive answer to this".
"For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
- Jeremiah 29:11
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Karen McGriff --- Texas