Quotes on Divine Design

Recall the new star that announced the birth at Bethlehem?  It was in its precise orbit long before it so shone.  We are likewise placed in human orbits to illuminate.  Divine correlation functions not only in the cosmos but on this planet, too.  After all, the Book of Mormon plates were not buried in Belgium, only to have Joseph Smith born centuries later in distant Bombay. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Encircled in the Arms of His Love,” Ensign, November 2002, p. 17

It should not surprise us that Heavenly Father brings about these intersectings and intertwinings of our lives. . . .

None of us ever fully utilizes the people-opportunities allocated to us within our circles of friendship.  You and I may call these intersectings “coincidence.”  This word is understandable for mortals to use, but coincidence is not an appropriate word to describe the workings of an omniscient God.  He does not do things by “coincidence” but instead by “divine design.” — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Brim with Joy,” BYU Devotional, January 23, 1996