Wednesday, April 8, 2015


A story Billy Graham shared. It is about trusting God even when we can't see what's ahead for us.

There was a man who became shipwrecked on a deserted island. He managed to build himself a hut to live in & with it stored the possessions he was able to salvage from his boat after it was wrecked.

He would watch every day for some sign of a ship or airplane passing by. He prayed to God for help. Some days he would get discouraged & wonder if he would ever get off that island, but still, he prayed.

One day he was on the other end of the island & noticed some smoke coming from the direction of his hut. He ran as fast as he could back to the hut & then realized that his hut & all his belongings were destroyed by a fire. All that was left was the smoke & the ashes.

He asked God why this had to happen. He did not understand. Soon he would find out.

Later that day a ship appeared on the horizon & soon landed on the island & rescued him. They told him that they were plotting a different course & noticed smoke off in the distance & thought the smoke was a signal for help.

It was a sign for much needed help & it was a sign from God that He was still in control & He would not forsake His beloved child.

Out of the ashes of this life we can build another day! We can have beauty for ashes as God is in control.

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Isa 61:3 (KJV): “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

“God is in control, and therefore in everything I can give thanks - not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it.” - Kay Arthur.

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