Thursday, May 22, 2008

Encourage One Another

When Your Hut's on Fire

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 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.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?"

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship 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.

The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

That little story was sent to me today by my sister-in-law, Carrie. She didn't know what kind of day it had been for us but her little story was an encouragement and a reminder that God sees everything we are going through and it is all accomplishing a purpose greater than we will probably ever know.

From the first minute I saw Qavah this morning I could tell by her eyes she was really sick again. Her fever is a hundred and three and refuses to break. I am hoping this is just another little bug, but her blood oxygen level was low enough that Qavah's pediatrician ordered chest x-rays and labs and will call me with results in the morning. While I had Qavah at the hospital, Kathryn was at home struggling every inch of this day. She is having a hard time finding any position comfortable enough to get good sleep. Although it is hard to see hardship day after day, my eyes really do scan the horizon just like a shipwrecked survivor. But I'm looking for the Rider upon a white horse whose banner reads, "Faithful and True!"