I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
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I asked for riches that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for - but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite of myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
An Anonymous Confederate Soldier
Time and again God gives me what I need instead of what I want - and time and again I am grateful that He is so much wiser than I.