Don't give up on God......
Michael was the only survivor of the shipwreck. He was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day for two months he scanned the horizon for help, but to no avail. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself 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. 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. We may at times feel that God has abandoned us. It is during those moments that God is in fact nearer than we think.