Prayers answered differently than you expect

“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” -Truman Capote

What do you do when you pray so hard and so long over something and it gets answered, but the way God answered it was completely different than what you had in mind?

Examples:

1) Your leg itches and it won’t stop. This goes on for days. You pray and pray for it to stop itching. Then it starts turning strange colours. You finally give in and go to the doctor. It turns out you have an infection that has spread to your bone and they need to amputate your leg. Your leg is gone, but so is the itching.

2) You and your significant other cannot seem to stop fighting. You don’t know what to do. You pray for the fighting to stop. Then your significant other dies in a car accident. The fighting has stopped.

I know these examples are way extreme, but those were my metaphors. Thankfully I have not had to deal with either of those, and hopefully never will. But my point is, it’s really frustrating when something turns out like that. So do you have a right to be upset or are you just being ungrateful because you can’t appreciate your prayer being answered?

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