Today I am studying Daniel 3, verse 12 on, which is the story of the three Hebrew young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who are thrown into the furnace because they know God is the only God there is. They refused old beliefs about false gods and would not worship them. God did not keep them from the heat but was there to protect them the entire time.
Upon leaving the challenge, there was not a single hair on their head singed and their clothing was intact. That tells me that when they remembered the ordeal, they only remembered the spiritual growth and Love expressed during this time. By entertaining thoughts about the past, we are pulled down by self-pity and self-condemnation, which work hand in hand. Today, I choose to think about God has always been my protection and always will be. What a great early Christmas present to myself.