In his inspiring book, “Battlefields and Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the Civil War,” author Terry R. Tuley includes words written by an unknown Confederate soldier who was wounded in battled and had become severely disabled. Through the trials of life, the soldier had learned much of life, God and prayer. Consider his words: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 great things,I was given infirmity that I might do better things, 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 that I asked for but everything I had hoped for.Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.I am, among all men, most richly blessed.Every parent knows that a child’s wants and needs are only sometimes the same. When prayers seem to go unanswered, remember that our heavenly Father has our best interests at heart. God wants for us to be “conformed to the likeness of His Son.” To that “good” He “works all things.” (Romans 8:28-29). When I realize what could have happened if God had granted all my requests, I thank God for what seems like unanswered prayers.• Ken Haskins is pastor of First Christian Church in Carson City.
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