By the GRACE of God: There’s the story of a shipwreck survivor who washed up on the shore of an uninhabited island. He prayed daily…and earnestly… for God to rescue him. Soon, He built a small hut of driftwood for shelter from the elements. Just days later… he came home to find his hut on fire… with smoke rolling up to…and lost in the horizon.
Stunned with grief …and overwhelmed with anger… He shouted out…. ‘God, how could you do this to me?’ The next day, he awakened to the sounds of a nearby ship. ‘How did you know I was here?’ he asked. ‘We saw your smoke signal,’ they replied.
Moral of The Story: It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad… but don’t lose heart, because God is at work in your life. Remember this… The next time your hut seems to be burning to the ground; it may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God….
While in the midst of pain and suffering… if we pray in earnest, remaining diligent… standing on His Word, and believing His promises to be true … we will see His goodness taking shape in our life….sending us in the direction He has planned for us.
Too often, we tend to sort out our own problems… coming up with solutions on our own … and without success…we approach God… only as a last resort. God then… clearly tells us… in *Jeremiah 33:3…”Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” If we were to approach God… as soon as we encounter serious struggles in our life… He promises to provide us with a ‘Grace-filled’ solution. He can show us how to deal with our struggles…such that the end result reflects ‘His Plan,” and not ours.
Lord, help us to be an instrument of Your Peace, and a conduit of Your Love. Amen.