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Six years ago I suffered an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. I had to undergo immediate surgery and lost one of my fallopian tubes along with the baby. Recovering at home, I grew tired of watching television. My aunt brought me a book. It was The Scarlett Thread by Francine Rivers.
This book changed the course of my life. I realized how far I'd drifted from God. I was trying to break into the secular market with my writing. Then and there, I vowed that any books flowing from my hand would be dedicated to Jesus. I wanted to write something that would help turn someone back to God when they lost their way.
God has used many more incidences in my life to draw me closer to Him over the last six years. And the one thing I know for certain is that no matter what horrible thing happens in life, He has the power to transform it into something good. And He does.
Every hardship has taught me something I wouldn't have learned if life kept flowing along without any bumps.
And if God hadn't brought me to Him through Francine's book, then I wouldn't have written a book for Him. And that book wouldn't have landed me an agent.
You see, that sorrow from six years ago led me to the joy I received Friday morning when I got “the call” from literary agent Barbara Scott offering me representation. So I praise God for the good and the bad, knowing He uses it all for my best interest.
Has God ever used a hardship to teach you a lesson? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.