When I tell people parts of my testimony, people sometimes chalk up the most amazing occurrences to “coincidence.” But, with God, there IS no coincidence.

Last night, I was wading through emails for research for my novel. The experience I’m basing my novel off of has a whole slew of emails related to it. I had forgotten I had even saved them. I thought they were all sent to an email address that I no longer had. But, I found every last email that chronicles the sordid details of this experience I, at times, would rather forget. I am realizing that I did forget many details, but thankfully, they are all saved, encapsulated in emails to and from people involved and friends and family I had reached out to for support.

While I was reading through emails from the people who were supporting me, I came across this:Melanie – sorry it’s taken me so long to write back to you but I really have been praying for you.  This whole thing is so crazy!  I’m sure it’s totally not what you want to be spending your time on but it’s so important.  […] After I read your email [..] I thought of the words of Mordecai to Esther when he told her she must go before the King unannounced.  “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” […]

Did you see that verse?

Read that verse in bold again, if you missed it.

That verse is Esther 4:14 the exact verse that I wrote about yesterday, and I read this verse in the emails well after I wrote that blog post. I stopped all the reading I was doing and came to write today’s post. This blog is to document God’s hand in this novel and my writing. I would be remiss if I didn’t document every crazy reassurance that what I am writing right now is what I have been called to do.

This is not a coincidence. It is not a coincidence that I read this exact verse yesterday morning on someone’s Instagram and found it in those emails last night. It’s not a coincidence that this family friend wrote that email to me a decade ago which reassured me then and reaffirms me now.

I am always floored how God shows up when I step out in faith to do something that He has called me to do.