#35- 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 God can transform any disaster  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.”


2 thoughts on “#35- Things are not always as they appear

  1. Very good eye opener story. Looking back in life we realise, many things happened for good only. But to face the problem at that point of time you need lot of courage.
    In the last one week only, there were news reports of one RAW official killing his wife and children (Delhi) and Kerala also there are similar stories everyday.

    In Mahabharatham also Draupathy goes through a lot. The sight of all her children (upa pandavas) being killed by Aswathama is one such situation. Still she tells Arjuna not to kill Aswathama, Aswathama becomes a “chiranjeevi” and still comes to haunt us as “revenge” feeling.

  2. Yes, looking back in life, we realize that the GOD polishes & makes us bright by passing through many difficult tests in difficult time.

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