Devotionals

Inconvenience

It’s an extra trip to the grocery store. It’s having to arrange rides as you take your car into the shop. It’s attending extra meetings you didn’t expect. Inconvenience is one of those things that can drive us nuts. We feel our most valuable resource, time, is being disrespected. In an age of convenience, inconvenience feels intolerable.

Why is it so frustrating? I think part of the frustration come from feeling like our time is being wasted. In a lot of ways, we feel that we own our time- that it’s ours and we should get to choose how it’s spent all of the time. We feel that we should get to do the things we want to do when we want to do them. Such a subtle, self satisfying little lie. Do we, truly, honestly own our time? We do not.

God owns your time. You are not guaranteed another day or even another minute. Your life is literally in His hands and your time is not your own.

So today, let’s invite God into the frustrating inconveniences of our day. Let’s feel the frustration, take a breath, and surrender the annoyance to Him, the One who already knew your day would take this course. The One who continually, graciously invites you to rely upon Him and bring your weary heart before the able, loving God. Talk to Him as you wait for your car to be repaired or for your meeting to start or during your Lyft drive to work. Ask Him how He wants you to view and spend your time. Perhaps your day seems inconvenient to you, but is full of opportunity and connection to God. Open your heart to the One who is more than able. He can’t wait to connect with you.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:11

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4: 11-13

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