After I graduated from high school in Hong Kong, I had no desire to attend college. Rather I studied at a culinary school and became a certified chef because I wanted to be a professional cook in a Chinese restaurant. But one night, my parents talked me into pursuing a college degree in Chicago. They won, and at the same time they also shattered my dream.
In the fall quarter during my sophomore year, I took a linguistics class as one of my elective courses. The person who sat beside me was a beautiful Asian girl. One day after class, I asked her if she was an American Born Chinese (ABC). To my surprise, she said she came from Hong Kong.
If I did not see her pray before her meal at the campus cafeteria, I would not have asked her if she was a Christian. After a brief chat about Christianity, she invited me to church. Later on, God moved my heart, and I accepted the Lord as my personal Savior.
As our friendship grew, the girl and I fell in love with each other. Years later, we were married in the presence of the Lord.
If the series of events did not happen, what would become of me today? Things do not happen coincidentally. They come to our lives as the Lord has planned according to His own purposes at His appointed time.
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV): In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.