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.
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.