"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
I was happily married with two wonderful children and had "made it" as a well-respected, prominent, small-town family doctor. I had gone to school and trained many years so I could live a life such as this. It's what I expected and envisioned. It's what I felt I "deserved." A life such as this was very safe and predictable. I could always be certain of what I was doing and what I was going do next. But out of nowhere, my life took a drastic turn.
I had no idea where this turn was headed. However, I knew one thing for certain. It was a wrong turn and it was a turn for the worse. Things were no longer as simple, predictable, or as easy as they once were. But eventually, I realized this turn was taking me exactly where I needed to go. Because it was leading me to the one true God. A God who'd always been a part of my life but a God who I'd never let be in control of my life. A God I knew a few things about but one I never tried to fully understand.
Despite the distorted and grossly underestimated view of God I carried around for most of my life, He never left my side. It was only because of God's unbelievable love and amazing grace that He was right there waiting when I finally recognized Him for how wonderful He truly is.