I am reading a book on the apostle Paul. The book is called "Paul A Man of Grace and Grit" by Charles R. Swindoll. In one of the chapters he is discussing suffering and how to try to find contentment in grace. He recites a famous poem from and unknown Georgia Confederate Soldier. It goes like this:
I asked God for strength so that I may achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might endure all things.
I got nothing I asked for...
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
I do not believe in reincarnation but I must say, this poem sounds very very familiar.