When I think of my experience, six months ago my whole mind and heart would have said, "No way, that won't/can't be me! Things are great and that's not going to happen." Little did I know that God had something quite the opposite in mind.
Recently, I was talking to a friend of mine about Elizabeth Elliot, wife of the late Jim Elliot. We were discussing how she went through such difficult experiences. The most notable is how long she waited to be with her first husband, Jim. I believe it was around five or so years, only to have to deal with him dying just a few years later while serving as a missionary in Ecuador. If I had been Elizabeth, I would have been devastated and confused, not to say she wasn't, but still, waiting so long to be with a man she loved just to have him taken away from her? That's rough.
But as my friend and I continued to talk, she mentioned how that was merely the road that God picked her to walk. We all have different roads, we all have bumps and times when we trip and fall. I would say that our roads have seasons... sometimes they are beautiful and gorgeous and warm... while other times they are cold, dark and lonely. God has a master plan, one that we will never completely understand. And while I can reflect on my experiences and not always know why things had to be this way, I can have the assurance that God does know. Whether I can explain it or not, I can trust in Him in the road I've traveled so far and the road that I've yet to travel. Designed with a purpose, each of our roads give God the glory He deserves.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.