Sir Arthur Conan Doyle studied to be a physician. After completing his studies, he established a medical partnership with a friend. It did not go well, and they soon parted ways.
Shortly afterward, he opened his own practice. Initially, he had very few patients, and to pass away the long, boring days, he began to write fictitious crime stories. His first writings were not well received. But, since he had empty hours to fill, he continued to write.
Two of his characters were Sherlock Holmes and Watson. He framed his stories around much of the information he learned while studying to become a doctor. He also applied the concept of “differential diagnosis” from the field of medicine to his writings. This intriguing method of writing mystery stories brought great interest and attention to his works. Applying this idea to his books was genius, and he gave up medicine and began a new career.
Some may wonder why he did not go directly into writing crime stories rather than the field of medicine. Yes, that was an option. But it was his understanding of “differential diagnosis” that he learned in medical school that made his crime stories different and brought him success.
Often we have difficulty getting through “things” that seem stupid or foolish, troubling, and worthless, tedious, and even frustrating. However, God has an individual plan for each of us – and sometimes, the journey to get to the destination takes time. But the mission is worth it!
Prayer: Help us, Father, to be patient and open while You prepare us for our life’s work. May we be willing to do our best to develop our talents carefully and wisely for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28