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Smoke Signals

November 8th, 2011 Posted in sermons

I once heard a story about a man who was shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. Seeing that rescue might not happen for a long time, he painstakingly built a little hut to provide himself protection from the elements and a place to store the few items he had managed to salvage from the wreck. Every day he would prayerfully scan the horizon, hoping for the approach of a ship. But he saw nothing.

Up in Smoke

Then one evening, after he had been out and about on the island, searching for food, he came back to see that his little hut was in flames. He tried to put out the fire, but it was too late. Everything he owned in this world had gone up in smoke. He went to sleep that night listening to the pounding of the surf, stunned by his own misfortune.

Best-Case Scenario

The next morning he awoke to find a ship anchored off the island—the first ship he had seen since he had been marooned. Still trying to believe his eyes, he heard footsteps, and then a human voice, saying, “We saw your smoke signal and we came to rescue you.”

That’s how it happens sometimes. In divine sovereignty and grace, the worst-case scenario somehow becomes the best-case scenario.

Disasters can turn out to be great opportunities for God to work in your life. The Lord is always present with us, always intimately acquainted with our circumstances, and He specializes in taking “impossible” situations and turning them around, for His glory and our benefit.

5 Responses to “Smoke Signals”

  1. James says:

    Thanks for the word! Really Uplifting!

  2. janie says:

    We are in the midst of feeling that everything is going up in flames. As are so many others. Through the smoke and darkness, we are trusting the LORD daily for HIS provision and direction. Thank you for this parable of how HE does work these seemingly impossible situations for HIS glory. We are trusting and believing. GOD bless.

  3. ann says:

    thanks pastor for this message, it has given me hope

  4. Raul says:

    This year has been my shipwreck. It has been hard to get through, but glad I have friends that care for me. I havent seen no signs of it stopping or no ship, but I have faith and i am still waiting for the Lord to heal my family and bring back toghther as one in Christ. Hope to see my ship soon.

  5. Peyton says:

    Thanks Pastor Greg for the reminder. Wow! What comes to mind is Romans 8:28.

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