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God works in mysterious ways

A phrase acknowledging one's lack of control over a situation, especially if something strange or unexpected has happened, along with the possibility that some good may come from it. A: "How are you doing since getting rejected from your dream school?" B: "Well, I'm trying to keep in mind that God works in mysterious ways, and I hope some good will come out of all of this." As Helen grieves the loss of her husband, I just keep reminding her that God works in mysterious ways.
See also: god, mysterious, way, work

the Lord works in mysterious ways

A phrase said when things have not happened as one had hoped or expected. It implies that everything happens for a reason. I know you were really excited about that job, but maybe it's for the best that you didn't get it—the Lord works in mysterious ways, after all. I thought that getting divorced would be the worst experience of my life, but then I fell in love with my divorce lawyer. The Lord works in mysterious ways!
See also: lord, mysterious, way, work
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The multinational hunt for the Boeing 777 aircraft, which mysteriously disappeared from radar carrying 239 people en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has so far failed to produce any result.
Director Spike Lee's pulpy version offers a violent and nihilistic performance from Josh Brolin as Joe, who is mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years before being equally mysteriously released and faced with the man (a flamboyant Sharlto Copley) who held him captive and now holds his grown-up daughter.
The three are mysteriously drawn to a time and place far from their own, where they meet Benjamin, a shepherd boy, and his family.
Stanley's Uncle Ernie works on the quayside when all the jobs that need doing mysteriously disappear and even more mysteriously Uncle Ernie develops an out-of-the-ordinary fascination with canning fish.
Summary: German firemen have rescued a mysteriously naked man trapped in a narrow chimney in central Berlin, a spokesman said.
Sean comes across a national conspiracy while searching for his girlfriend, who mysteriously disappeared from a cruise ship.
A Bulgarian policeman, Boris Markov, was found dead in the Struma river on Tuesday after missing mysteriously for more than 48 hours.
mys*te*ri*ous*ly adverb <She mysteriously disappeared.>
A coroner has matched a pair of dismembered female feet that mysteriously washed up on the shores of Canada.
Like many books from this publisher, this book's author is mysteriously naked of identification; a web search does not bring up his affiliation.
She has a history of husbands dying mysteriously, and now her betrothed has died mysteriously as well.
Alex Goldfarb said Lugovoy is a "marked man" who may mysteriously drop dead or disappear.
Crow Call is a collection of poetry written to eulogize, honor, and cherish the memory of poet Michael Henson's friend Buddy Gray, grassroots activist and co-founder of the National Coalition for the Homeless, who was sadly and mysteriously shot to death by a former client a decade ago.
A poignant, suspenseful memoir about the author's search for his suicidal twin brother, who in his late 20s mysteriously disappeared from Manhattan.
LAST DECEMBER an intelligence historian named Matthew Aid was doing research at the National Archives when he noticed that documents he had copied years before, including State Department reports from the Korean War era, had mysteriously vanished.