" Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives the patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him the opportunity to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm and fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?"
~ God (from the movie "Evan Almighty")