The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited
He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and everyday he scanned
the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of
driftwood to protect himself from the elements and to store his few
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little
hut in flames with smoke rolling up to the sky.
The worst had happened! Everything was lost!
He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger: "God, how could you
do this to me?" he cried.
Early the next day he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was
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.
Moral of the 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 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.
You may want to consider passing this on … because you never know who
feels like their hut is on fire today!
"Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to
practice it. It is more paying from the point of view of health also."
CW I p.33.Complete works of Swami Vivekananda.Volume I.
"Can anyone get
liberation, my child, unless He Himself removes shackles? Have deep faith
in God. Look upon the Master as your refuge, even as children regard their
TN348.Swami Tapasyananda and
Swami Nikhilananda. Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother;
Life and Conversations. Madras:
Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1977.