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All things work together for good to those who love God. (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

As a high school senior I had my heart set on an engineering career as my future goal. I had passed and met all the academic requirements for a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. The only thing I needed to do was pass the physical. I had an excellent chance for a full scholarship, full tuition, board and room at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I traveled to Boston, an hour’s train ride, to take the physical. I was stressed, nervous, and weak because of insufficient nourishment. After I arrived at the clinic, I fainted, and failed the physical. The doctor in charge told me, “Fainting on the bridge of a ship would be disastrous.” My dream was shattered, my goal vanished, the full schoilarship gone, now what? God interrupted my life.

Upon my return home I assessed the situation. My family's finances were such I could not afford an engineering education. But circumstances did change, God had another plan. I just didn't know it at the time.

I refocused, kept my goal of becoming an engineer, and I attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology with multiple scholarships, graduated with honors, and began my engineering career. My first job assignment took me to Wilmington, Delaware, where I met my wife Pauline. We have now been married for over fifty years. God began to reveal his plan for my future life.

As I look back on my life I see how God provided for me as He promised in Romans 8:28. (See also Proverbs 21:1)


I had my plans and set my way.

But God had something else to say.

“I have a better plan for your life.

It includes your career and your wife.”


I planned my course, plotted my path, took control of my circumstances, and kept pusihg forward, and along the way God opened and shut multiple doors.


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