What to Do When Your Hut is Burning

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon, looking for help, but there was never any indication that God had heard his prayer.

As his time on the island grew, he gathered his strength and managed to build a little hut out of driftwood. This protected him from the elements and gave him a place to store his meager possessions.

One day after scavenging for food, he came home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. Devastated, he sat in the hot sand in grief-stricken silence. With tears streaming down his face, he looked up to the heavens and screamed, “God! Why did you let this happen? I’ve prayed diligently and this is how you repay me?”

Early the next day, the man was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island. It was a navy cruiser that had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal” they said.

It’s easy to get discouraged when things aren’t going as planned. When everything around is crumbling and prayers don’t seem to be going any higher than the ceiling, the tendency is to give up. But don’t lose heart. Just remember – the next time your “hut is burning,” it may be the smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

Craig Fry / CLC President


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