"I prayed to my god to send me a taxi because I was in a hurry when my car broke down near the airport, and one appeared almost immediately. Prayer works!
Yet, on the other hand, we can look at things this way:
"I needed to find a taxi when my car broke down near the airport, to finish my trip there. Fortunately, taxis are a bit thick on the ground... it being an airport and all. Statistics work!
As you can see, there's little difference in the sequence of events. It's the interpretation that makes the difference. And the fact remains that if you were one hundred miles from the airport, the stories might go a bit differently. On the one hand, we could statistically predict the likelihood of finding a taxi within a given radius of a major air travel terminal within a given time. On the other, we could just throw thinking to the wind and pray, or wish upon a star, or ask Sleepless, Deathless Chthulu to send us his dark taxi minions. But the result doesn't necessarily correlate with the data provided. At least, not in one anecdotal instance. Give me a thousand such, and I can start to draw you a pattern. That's how data collection works, at least, in an abstract way.