God Moves In A Mysterious Way
Author: Mike Schroeder
Posted By: Rick Billings
On: Oct 15, 2014
The story is told of a lone survivor of a capsized boat who made his way to a secluded island. Seeking shelter from outside elements, he finally built a hut out of whatever he could find. He prayed and prayed and prayer that the Lord would send someone to rescue him. One day while he was out looking for food the wind blew a spark from the fire against the hut and it began to burn. By the time he noticed the smoke and made his way back to the hut it was to late to save anything. After all his time praying for God’s help, he became angry that God had allowed this to happen. His stubborn anger kept him from praying that evening and he refused to let go of the blame.
Early the next morning he heard the signal horn and then the engine noise of a ship that had come to rescue him. He was so excited that he asked the captain, “How did you know I was here?” He responded, “We saw your smoke signal and knew we had to come!”
William Cowper wrote the words to such a song years ago (1774). “Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head. His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower. Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter and He will make it plain.”
Remember that when the answer to prayer seems not to come, it doesn’t mean He doesn’t hear, it may mean the timing isn’t right just yet.