The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Everyday he scanned the horizon for help, but no one 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.
Sometimes in life, things may not go the way we want it to – a relationship may not work out, a business decision turns out to be unprofitable, or our health may suffer.
For many people, the obvious thing to do seems to be to feel helpless and give up. But being helpless and giving up does not serve you. It does not make you feel better, it does not make things easier.
Every cloud has a silver lining, and every challenge contains in itself the seed of a learning opportunity. It is up to us to find the lessons and the learning opportunity, and turn adversity into prosperity. Sometimes challenges can be stepping stones to bigger and better things. They may be a precursor to a blessing that we are yet to see. This is where faith comes in. Have faith that this too shall pass, that everything that begins will come to an end, and then have the courage to keep moving forward.
To burning huts,