In 1806, Alexander Duff was born in Scotland. By age 24, he headed over to India to minister through education. God spared his life even through two shipwrecks on his way to there. He served almost 40 years in India. At the end of his life he wrote a letter to his daughter which read,
"Why should I, who have been the child of so many mercies, be faithless or doubting? If any man living should trust the Lord absolutely, I am that man. All my days, I have been a child of providence. The Lord leading me and guiding me in ways unknown to me, in ways His own and for the accomplishment of His own heavenly ends."
In reflecting over his own life, John Piper says,
"I didn't plan any of this. Don't think you can plan your life! Don't even think about it. Take it one step at a time and do what is right, given what you can see to do, and let the chips fall where they will, and God will make a life for you and it will be wonderful."