Day-to-day routines can be such a chore to some people, while others see it as desirable. If they can count on the ritual of something that is consistent and predictable, the better they feel about life. For me, living in a new town is a major reason for wanting something of consistency since I am unfamiliar with much of the city and I don’t own a navigational device. Online maps are often good, but aren’t always accurate or reliable, so it can be a bit of an inconvenience at times when you have some place to be at a given time.
Even if it’s not a matter of unfamiliar territory, anything that appears to get in the way of our plan or schedule, does become an inconvenience. The interesting thing is that God has a sense of humor in that His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than ours. God often orders and orchestrates things in such a way that it appears to us to be an inconvenience. But God always has a purpose; a method to what appears to be madness.
- To Validate and Affirm You: The legitimacy of Jesus’ birth had been questioned for years, and his authority had come into question time and time again. The inconvenience of leaving the side of God the Father, to redeem a people who would reject him would seem the ultimate of inconveniences to many. Yet, God validated His son and affirmed him as His son. God validates and affirms us when we face certain tests and trials. Our names get dragged through the mud. We get publicly shamed and embarrassed and accused at every turn. But God validates and affirms us.
- To Prune You for Growth: Like a rose bush or the grapes that grown on the vine, there must at some point in time come a pruning, in order to prepare us for growth and maturity. If we are to flourish, we cannot allow ourselves to not produce what we were meant to produce. God will cut off or cut us off from those things that weigh us down or hinder our new growth from taking place. Old thoughts and paradigms, old friends and old ways get cut off so that God can set us up to produce in greater abundance.
- To Strip you for Enlargement: Often the inconveniences we face are the means by which God increases us. Job was an upright man by God’s own account. But He allowed Satan to tempt Job. He lost his children and his wealth and nearly all his friends. But when it was over, he was stripped down to nearly nothing, but he was restored two-fold.
- To Refocus You on His Priority: It’s so easy to lose sight on what is important. Sometimes the inconvenience comes so that we refocus our minds on what really matters in life. Often we can get too caught up on us and our own lives that we forget there are others who are words off than us. Hurricane Katrina and other national disasters helped to refocus us on the things that matter most. Sometimes it’s coming close to our own death that does it, while it may be something entirely different for some others. God tends to get it done because so much is riding on it.
- To Build You for Your Next Move: Your inconvenience may come to build you up to go to your next big thing. Your stamina, strength and endurance are often necessary. Where God needs you at a certain point in time, you need that inconvenience to make sure you have what is needed to get you over the hump.
- To Set You Up to Be a Blessing: I’ve often been in places not knowing how I got there or why. But I find out why after the fact. It’s those moments where I find that I’ve been a blessing to someone else, the inconvenience seems valueless.
You never truly know what is coming or who is going to be blessed by your seeming detour or hiccup in life. What I do know is this: the person at the end of your inconvenience may well be the one to cause you to be blessed beyond belief.
QUESTION: How rewarding do you find it after you realize what God did, in causing you a bit of an inconvenience?