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  A Blessing    in Disguise

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small,
uninhabited island.  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 him from the elements, and to store his
few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to
find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.
The worst had happened; everything was lost.  He was
stunned with grief and anger.

"God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.

Early the next day, however, 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

"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it
just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

Author  Unknown >>

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