Friday, October 06, 2006

Revealed Blessings

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly to be rescued, 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, with the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger.

"God, how could you do this to me!" he cried and complained.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship's horn 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.

Just reminding you to never forget that many blessings come in disguises. Often they show up as uncomfortable or even dangerous and painful situations. And often only later, sometimes decades later, does the true purpose of something revealed. May you all be blessed with revealed blessings.


Jerri said...

Terrific story with a fabulous lesson. Thanks for sharing it.

Now I've got that old Garth Brooks song stuck in my head. Can you hear it?

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. . . .

~Nancy~ said...

LOL...oh I have a brain worm or whatever it is they call a repetitive song in your head.
I will have to attune to the Razorback/Auburn football game to quiet it. :-)

Thanks for your sweet comments!