today i received an email that had a really great story in it. this story put a smile on my face and reminded me that there is always hope. i hope this story will brighten your day as much as it brightened mine. (this is a religious story, so it may have no effect on you at all, but i truly hope it helps you remember that you are loved)

“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 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.

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.

The Moral of This 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 our pain and suffering.
Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be
going to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that
summons the Grace of God.”

hope you enjoyed it,

j

PS: if that didn’t give you hope, maybe this will. today marks 203 days since the last time i SIed! in nine days it will have been 7 months. recovery is possible. take me as an example. 🙂