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Things are not always as they appear

There was once a man who was ship-wrecked and stranded on an island. Every day he prayed asking God to send someone to rescue him, but to his disappointment, no one ever came.

Months passed and this man learned how to survive on the island. During this time, he accumulated things from the island and stored them in a hut that he constructed. One day after hunting for food and returning back to his hut, much to his dismay he saw that his hut was on fire along with everything else he owned!

All of his possessions were going up in smoke! The only thing he had left were the clothes on his back. Initially he was in shock, and then he was consumed with anger and rage!

In his fury he threw a fist into the air and began cursing God and yelling, “God, how could you let this happen to me? I’ve been praying everyday for months about being rescued and no one has come, and now everything that I have is on fire! How could you do to this to me! Why did you let this happen?”

Later the man was on his hands and knees weeping heavily when he happened to look up and catch sight of a ship coming in his direction. The man was rescued and as they were heading back to civilization the man asked the captain, “How were you able to find me?”

The captain responded, “We were voyaging across the ocean when we noticed on the horizon a column of smoke going up. We decided to go check it out and when we did, that’s when we found you!”

In life we are going to be confronted with challenges, problems, and disasters. But keep in mind that what the devil has meant for bad, God can transform into your good! What is a catastrophe can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalms 34:17-19

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Story submitted by: William G

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • SANDEEP April 21, 2014, 6:50 am

    God Knows better what is better for us

  • Henry November 21, 2013, 9:11 am

    A catastrophe can sometimes be a blessing in disguise… I love that piece it’s a masterpiece 🙂

  • Rai October 26, 2013, 5:01 am

    What he does is right. It can not be changed without his will !!!! He is something that can not be seen but feel, believed and prayed.

  • Divellious Gezzah October 9, 2013, 10:46 pm

    My faith has gotten a lift. Amen!

  • Richa September 22, 2013, 5:16 pm

    Very true…now I have more faith in GOD.

  • Juliana September 6, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Let us learn to trust in God in whatever situation, He is always faithful. What an inspiring story.

  • Imam April 15, 2013, 8:03 am

    Good job…

  • Udita December 14, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Yes, God will do whatever is good for us…

  • Rita October 10, 2012, 12:20 pm

    It is a nice story. We have to keep on believing in GOd and have faith, I like to say this prayer. I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me. God bless you all.

  • Prajakta August 28, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Learning from this story is have patients in the difficult situations… U will get the positive result…

  • Afzal August 20, 2012, 4:58 am

    Allah is most greatest.

  • Maria July 3, 2012, 7:26 pm

    This means that not all bad things will ruin your life…..maybe that’s what a blessing in disguise is….there is more positive outcome in a very difficult situation….we just have to strengthen our faith and not to loose hope!

  • Pooja Juyal June 22, 2012, 8:33 am

    Yes, it is very true. God is always with those one who feels and beleive that God will do one day the best for them. So please wait for right time without losing hope and efforts because he listens you every moment even when you donot speak to God. Because he is the only and only one lord who read and listen to your heart. So please faith in God he is always with us all time like the best friend forever.

  • Maria June 17, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Yes, God will always make a way…..

  • Vandana June 13, 2012, 8:20 am

    God is great in his own ways…

  • Reddy Op's June 13, 2012, 7:22 am

    Perhaps the man believed in this saying “the light at the end of the tunnel might be of an on-coming train” so he felt the hut on fire would be a negative challenge, little did he know it was time to have a new start. Anyway, at some points he could not think that “when the end begins, it’s the beginning of another end” or when the case is reversed.

  • Mosopefoluwa June 8, 2012, 3:22 pm

    He still delivers even when we think all hope is lost; in the midst of all He’s waiting to come close to save. He’s Lord.

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