When you've finished reading the following story, be sure to read the comment below.
This uplifting message was submitted to me by email. I'd be happy to publish the author's name if I knew who wrote it.
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited
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 cried.
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 replied.
It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't
lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain
and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground
----it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.
You probably feel better now that you've read that. You have a new attitude, at least for a few moments. This is a simple demonstration of our CONSCIOUS mind's ability to alter our emotions. The same method of choosing and controlling our thoughts, thus our emotions, can help you get through many trying times. Your mind is a powerful tool to help you endure when you must. With practice, you become the magician - a master of your own thoughts and feelings.