A dear friend went to an art league benefit, which is a customary event for her. She is an aficionado of the arts, unlike me, a hopeless dilettante. There she was, surrounded by other sponsors and patrons, with an array of specially prepared foods, friendly conversations, and even some donated artworks that would be distributed among the attendees as rewards for being generous.

One work of “art” caught her attention—a coconut dressed in colorful feathers and painted to resemble some exotic bird, suspended from the ceiling. She examined it, and keeping her thoughts to herself, wondered what in the world she would do with something like that? At the same moment she heard her name being called as the recipient of a prize, the prize being the very same bird that she was looking at. The next thought followed in due course—who in the world could she give it to?

You have probably heard it said, as I have, be careful what you wish for, or what you pray for, because you might get it. Vice versa, it appears it can be said just as appropriately, be careful what you do not want, or do not pray for, because that is what you just might get.