Have you ever tried writing with your opposite hand? If you are right-handed try writing with your left hand. If you are left-handed, try writing with your right hand. How does your handwriting look? My left-handed writing is terrible. It looks really messy!
When Ellen Harmon was 9 years old, she had an accident. (Ellen Harmon is more commonly known now as Ellen White. Harmon was her last name when she was growing up, before she married James White.) An older girl was angrily chasing Ellen, a school friend, and Ellen’s twin sister Elizabeth. As Ellen turned to see how far away the girl was, the older girl threw a large stone at them. The angry girl must have been used to playing baseball with her brothers, because she could throw very hard. The stone hit Ellen full force in the face.
The bones in Ellen’s face and nose were broken. For weeks she was very ill and many of her friends, family, and even the doctors thought she would die. Ellen didn’t die, but she didn’t get completely well either. Her face never looked the same and she was very weak. When she was well enough to go back to school she discovered that she couldn’t write well anymore. She had trouble holding her pencil. She tried her best to form the letters neatly, but it was hard to read her handwriting. After just a few words she would have to give up. She kept trying, but eventually, when she was 12, her teacher said that she would have to leave school, as she would never be able to write well again.
Five years later God gave Ellen her first vision and told her to share what she had seen with others. She was also told to write down what she had seen. She explained to the angel in her vision that she couldn’t write well. Ellen didn’t know yet that when God asks us to do something, He also gives us the strength to do it. The angel told her that her right hand would be strengthened. When Ellen came out of the vision, she discovered that she could write without becoming tired! Her hand was steady, and she had no trouble forming the letters. God did as He promised—Ellen White went on to write tens of thousands of pages in her lifetime!
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