Did you know God only gives out information to us on a need-to-know basis too?
Jesus told His disciples, "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." (John 16:12)
That's considerate of Jesus, compassionate.
But sometimes it is darn sneaky too. I know -- maybe that isn't what you'd call God, but He knows us better than we know ourselves and He knows that some knowledge would stop us from doing what He's called us to do. I've experienced this a few times.
When we adopted our son from Russia I didn't know the right questions to ask -- and God used this! If I had known about Pete's fetal alcohol issues, I would have closed my heart to him. I would said "NO WAY" because that FAE and FAS scared me. It sounds perfectly horrendous to deal with. So, when we got our son home (who we knew had disabilities -- he has cerebral palsy) and we figured out exactly what was going on, I was mad. I was mad at God. I felt tricked by Him.
Again, God knew me better than I knew myself. I love my son so much and I'd never give him up. He's exactly who he is supposed to be and God's hand is on him. AND God showed me how to parent him.
Well, this need-to-know thing has happened to us again. Do to a turn of events my husband quickly applied to college in December. We heard certain veterans get free tuition in South Dakota so that was like, Wow, we never knew that. He applied, was accepted and all the veteran paperwork was approved and taken care of. We thought that was it.
Well, now on March 1st we are told the whole story (this isn't said in the original bill). Veterans getting their education via the internet are charged more tuition and the extra tuition is not covered. The free tuition accounts for less than half of the cost of the schooling.
If we had known this in December Shannon wouldn't have entered college. We would have let the extra tuition get in the way. God knows us so well.
BUT I know God wants him to get this degree. I know God is in this. So, God didn't tell us the whole story.
I don't know how we will pay for the rest of the tuition but God does. He already has it covered. He'll help us figure it out and it will be just fine.