To become compassionate and wise people, we must suffer. Our suffering transforms us. In the lives of believers, God promises to work everything together for good, using it to shape us more into Christ’s image and to turn us into people who can comfort and encourage others.

We need this for our own spiritual growth. We need this for others. This is a world of difficulty and heartache.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

God crafts the circumstances of our lives to allow us to comfort others with the same comfort we receive from him. We wouldn’t choose the trials that come our way, but they are intended to bring us closer to God. They form us into people who are useful in God’s hands for achieving his purposes. They help us bring others closer.

He builds character in our lives that allows us to serve him, teaching us to rely on him for the strength. He makes us useful.

As I trek on this novel journey, the life experiences God shaped into me pour out in words inspired to help and encourage. A wealth of suffering and an abundance of consolation in Christ went into this girl who just wanted to sail comfortably through life! Like my own story, my novel is a tale of heartache, loss, and restoration. My life experiences exist in my characters.

The losses, gains, and experiences shape me as God superintends. This is the well from which I draw as I write. Nothing is wasted. 

No matter your gift and calling, the same reality is true of your life.

Starting before you were even born, God planned to orchestrate the circumstances of your life to bring you to himself and to use your life message in a mighty way. We live in a world where people need to know they can find God, no matter what’s happened and no matter what they’ve done. Consider your life. You can tell this tale, too, can’t you?

How did God prepare you to bring others to the Savior? What trial, heartache, and comfort was involved?