Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
If God is slow to grant your request and you do not receive what you ask for promptly, do not be grieved, for you are not wiser than God.
It this happens to you, it is because either your way of life does not accord with your request, or because the pathways of your heart are at odds with the intention of your prayer.
Or it may be because your inner state is too childish by comparison with the magnitude of the thing you have asked for.
It is not appropriate that great things should fall easily into our hands, otherwise God’s gift will be held in dishonor, because of the ease with which we obtain it.
For anything that is readily obtained is also easily lost, whereas everything which is found with toil is preserved with care.
– from Daily Readings with St. Isaac of Syria (also called St. Isaac of Nineveh), edited by A.M. Allchin.
Note: Alhamdulillah! that such men have through the ages sent forth their spiritual wisdom, for they too are a particle of the mercy of Allah.
St. Isaac also said:
‘Like a handful of dust thrown into the sea are the sins of all mankind compared with the mercy and providence of God’.”