Fifteen years ago, just as I was ready to retire from medicine, my wife of forty years died suddenly. Because of this event, the department chairman at the medical school where I was a professor suggested I stay on the faculty a while longer, and I agreed. Meanwhile, my expectations of the way I’d spend my retirement went down the drain.
Shortly thereafter, to help me get through the grieving process, I started writing a book. I eventually did retire from medicine, but as a result of the interest in writing I developed, I’ve ultimately had eight books published: one non-fiction book—The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse—and seven novels of medical suspense.
During that time, God also blessed me a second time with the love of a wonderful woman, and a few weeks ago Kay and I celebrated our thirteenth year of marriage.
When tragedy struck, I thought my life was over. Instead, I was given a new profession and a new family. My previous expectations weren’t fulfilled, but the circumstances that replaced them were wonderful.
I’d encourage you not to be disappointed when your own expectations fall flat. You never know what God has in store for you. It could be something even better than you might have imagined.
Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. His latest, Critical Condition, is his seventh published novel. You can follow Richard on his blog, on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page.