I've had this excerpt on my computer ever since my parents split and I happened to come across it today while working. It took on a whole new meaning since I read it in Noah's perspective.
You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature…. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first…. He custom-made your body just the way He wanted it. He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality…. Most amazing, God decided how you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. It doesn’t matter whether your parents were good, bad or indifferent. God knew that those two individuals possessed exactly the right genetic makeup to create the custom “you” he had in mind. They had the DNA God wanted to make you…. God never does anything accidentally, and He never makes mistakes – He has a reason for everything He creates…. God was thinking of you even before He made the world…. This is how much God loves and values you.
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life Pages 22-24