Amy Rees Anderson

“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”

Earlier this week I shared some thoughts on failure and how it is often our failures that end up leading us to the path of success in our lives.  It reminded me of one of my favorite stories that perfectly illustrates the title quote from today’s blog:  “Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”

The story is called:  Your Hut Is Burning

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhibited
island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day 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

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 rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal,” they

It is so easy to get caught up in the moment when things are going wrong – to get into the mindset of believing that all is lost – when in reality it is just God sending up a smoke signal for something better to come into your life.

So the next time things seem to be going wrong for you I suggest you get out the telescope and start watching for the ship that is about to come in 🙂

Have an amazing Thursday everyone!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Now Available
What Awesome Looks Like: How to Excel in Business and Life
by Amy Rees Anderson
Order Your Copy
Recent Posts
Follow Me

Get Amy's Blog posts sent in your inbox

Subscribe to RSS Feed for Amy's blog


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers