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InMysteriousWays is what happens when the divine interacts with the mundane in ways that don't make sense at first appearance. In time, however, the results are palpable. This is usually done to convey a sense of omniscience; after all, if you can see how all events play out, it's more likely you'd go the subtle route than try to [[KillItWithFire rain fire from Heaven every time things don't go your way]].

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InMysteriousWays '''In Mysterious Ways''' is what happens when the divine interacts with the mundane in ways that don't make sense at first appearance. In time, however, the results are palpable. This is usually done to convey a sense of omniscience; after all, if you can see how all events play out, it's more likely you'd go the subtle route than try to [[KillItWithFire rain fire from Heaven every time things don't go your way]].



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21st Oct '16 6:39:12 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' this is the Simurgh's preferred method of effecting the world. She subtly influences people en masse so that days, months, or even years later they will make a decision that furthers her agenda. Quarantines are established to keep her victims from doing so, but even that can work towards her plan.
** Contessa's power allows her to devise a plan that will allow success for any given task by following certain steps, often seemingly unrelated to the task at hand.

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* In ''[[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/constellations-worm-okami.414320/ Constellations]]'' Amaterasu convinces Taylor to start working at a rundown shrine, which in turn results in her doing chores for her neighbors for small favors. As a result the local Japanese population is reinvigorated, Oni Lee becomes more human, and Sophia's arrest goes sour, turning Taylor's life around
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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' doesn't show god himself, but looking at the angels he send and their way of living and fighting makes you definitely question him.
--> Receive punishment from the garb of the [[BlatantLies Holy Virgin]], cleansed of [[SweetTooth worldly]] [[LovableSexManiac impurities]].
31st Aug '16 9:19:13 AM Discar
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-->'''Harmony:''' You're welcome.
29th Aug '16 2:22:39 PM Discar
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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.

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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.
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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/AlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.

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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/AlloyOfLaw'': ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.
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* ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}: ''Literature/AlloyOfLaw'': During the final battle, Wax runs out of weapons and metals, and snarkily prays to his god, Harmony, for help. He is very surprised when Harmony actually answers, explaining that there's not much he can do in situations like this, especially since he wants to preserve free will. Wax asks why he couldn't at least do ''something'', and Harmony says "I ''have'' done something. I sent you." Then Wax sees his weapons chest, thought lost much earlier in the story, sitting not ten feet away from him.
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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfic "[[http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=282&chapter=3 Lessons from the Mountain]], during his soul's trial, [[AntiHero Maedhros]] asks Manwë -the King of the [[CouncilOfAngels Valar]]- why he never granted him a quick death when he begged for it during [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]]'s torture. Manwë replies that he intended to release him from his torment as soon as possible.
-->'''Maedhros:''' I have always wondered... Why you granted his request instantly, Manwë-to-whom-all-birds-are-dear, while you had studiously ignored mine for years.\\
'''Manwë:''' You have just answered your own question. In all those years, you begged only for death. But when the time was right, I sent you freedom. If I seemed to be silent, it was because you insisted on asking for too mean a boon.\\
'''Maedhros:''' You… you did not abandon the Noldor? Not even…the sons of Fëanor? I thought your silence was…\\
'''Vairë:''' Little did you know of the Valar when you left Valinor. Seldom have you perceived our actions, and little do you understand our thoughts.

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* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfic "[[http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/archive/home/viewstory.php?sid=282&chapter=3 Lessons from the Mountain]], during his soul's trial, [[AntiHero Maedhros]] asks Manwë -the King of the [[CouncilOfAngels Valar]]- why he never granted him a quick death when he begged for it during [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]]'s torture. Manwë replies that he intended to release him from his torment as soon as possible.
-->'''Maedhros:''' I have always wondered... Why you granted his request instantly, Manwë-to-whom-all-birds-are-dear, while you had studiously ignored mine for years.\\
'''Manwë:''' You have just answered your own question. In all those years, you begged only for death. But when the time was right, I sent you freedom. If I seemed to be silent, it was because you insisted on asking for too mean a boon.\\
'''Maedhros:''' You… you You--you did not abandon the Noldor? Not even…the even the sons of Fëanor? I thought your silence was…\\
was--\\
'''Vairë:''' Little did you know of the Valar when you left Valinor. Seldom have you perceived our actions, and little do you understand our thoughts.



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* One of the most common interpretations of Princess Celestia from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''; despite doing seemingly very little, she seems to always have things set-up to turn out alright…even if such plans had to be so convoluted and unlikely to barely be noticeable at all. For example, is the only reason she was so calm about Nightmare Moon's return because she's ''somehow'' known (or arranged for) all the potential Elements of Harmony to be in Ponyville at the correct time?

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* One of the most common interpretations of Princess Celestia from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''; despite doing seemingly very little, she seems to always have things set-up to turn out alright…even alright--even if such plans had to be so convoluted and unlikely to barely be noticeable at all. For example, is the only reason she was so calm about Nightmare Moon's return because she's ''somehow'' known (or arranged for) all the potential Elements of Harmony to be in Ponyville at the correct time?

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24th Aug '16 4:44:23 AM NoxSky12599
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* God/satellite/satellite which collided with God in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', believes that this is the way {{God}} ''should'' behave. Unlike many examples, it actually explains ''why'' it believes this way: If a deity does too much for its people, they will become dependent on it; if it does too little, then its people will not be able to deal with problems beyond their abilities. By working in mysterious ways the people are motivated to work hard and expand their knowledge, but can still receive help if they need it.

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* God/satellite/satellite which collided with God in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', believes that this is the way {{God}} ''should'' behave. Unlike many examples, it actually explains ''why'' it believes this way: If a deity does too much for its people, they will become dependent on it; if it does too little, then its people will not be able to deal with problems beyond their abilities.abilities and will lose hope. By working in mysterious ways the people are motivated to work hard and expand their knowledge, but can still receive help if they need it.
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