You may not always understand, child, but I have your best interest at heart. Think back to all those times when you prayed and prayed for something. At times I answered with yes. Occasionally I said no. And a few prayers remain yet unanswered.
I know what lies ahead for you. I have guided you toward certain decisions and warned you against others, for your benefit. I did the same for my people Israel-warning them about the consequences of selecting a king. Still, they demanded one on their terms. And my people were never the same.
Though you are pone to push ahead and ignore my warnings, I will continue to respond "yes," "no," or "not yet" out of love for you. When you trust me with the answers, I will rejoice with you in your successes. And when you fail to heed me, I will grieve with you, and then urge you to keep moving forward, never forgetting the lessons you've learned.