the Lord works in mysterious ways

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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It will take a miracle to stop Patrick from telling Denise what he knows - but the Lord works in mysterious ways.
We are told the Lord works in mysterious ways but, for many people, to suggest there is an intelligent deity who could rationally act in such a fashion and that that deity is worth worshipping seems beyond the pale.
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People say the Lord works in mysterious ways,'' Zavala said.