A small boy was floating his model boat on the pond in a city park when suddenly a light breeze forced the craft out of the child's reach. The boy's desperate attempts to retrieve it caught the attention of an elderly gentleman who then came to assist. But the child was horrified when the man started tossing rocks in the direction of the boat! Then the boy realized the rocks were going over the boat and making ripples which pushed the boat back to shore and towards the boy. Likewise, very often the trials and difficulties God hurls into our lives are for the specific purpose of drawing us back to Himself so that we might once again enjoy sweet fellowship with Him.