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!



  • Sue says:

    Amy, so true. There was a time in my life when I focused what was going wrong. At the time, I couldn’t see the great blessings I would gain from the bad experience. I’m now grateful for the hard times because it has given me the great gift of compassion and empathy. There is always a gift in failure if you look for it.

  • Catherine Jayne says:

    Love this!

  • Melissa says:

    There are days when all I can see is the hut burning. Hopefully the horizon is hiding something great just over the next rise. When all else fails, I hold on to hope. Sometimes, it’s all we can do!

  • Life, Other Than says:

    That is exactly how I found my way to my Life, Other Than.

  • Katie says:

    Love this 🙂 #hope

  • Christopher says:

    In one month my wife and I lost our savings from a court case, wife lost her job, i got a dui, and we hit bankruptcy.

  • Carol says:

    Thank you for your awesome blog Amy. My life has been a struggle even from childhood. You see I’m a little person. I was called all sorts of names and It was very hard to make friends. But God has helped me through my life! i just recently made a video to help people feeling hopeless.
    I hope this will help someone God Bless you!

  • Anonymous says:

    I needed that

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