Great Lent: The Twenty Sixth Day
From Evagrius of Pontus (+399)
I have often prayed and asked God
for what seemed good in my own estimation.
Like a fool, I kept on at God to grant me this;
I would not leave it to him
to arrange as he knows best for me.
Then, having obtained the thing
I had prayed for so stubbornly,
I have often been sorry
that I did not leave it to the will of God,
for the reality often turned out very different
from the way I had imagined.
If I may be permitted a note on this particular saying, I would encourage everyone to read it and ponder/meditate on these words very carefully. Evagrius is touching on something very deep here.