'History in all its details, even the most minute, is but the unfolding of all the eternal purposes of God. His decrees are not successively formed as the emergency arises, but are all parts of one all-comprehending plan, and we should never think of Him suddenly evolving a plan or doing something he had not thought of before'
Loraine Boettner, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination
Joni Eareckson Tada founder of Joni and Friends starts her essay called 'Understanding God's Sovereignty' in Indelible Ink with this quote from the book by Boettner that she says transformed her world. The essay goes on to tell the moving and sad story of her accident (diving into the sea and hitting her head on a rock causing her to be paralysed from the neck down) and how God has used her disability for his glory in amazing ways and has worked it for good. As we all know, unforeseen tragedy can and does strike and only then perhaps do we really face, as Joni did, some of the deepest questions of our faith and of God's nature and purposes.
I was reminded of Joni's story and her coming to speak to us at Vicar factory on the subject of disability as I watched this moving film.