In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
My husband and I own a small auto parts store in a rural community in the Midwest. As part of our services we deliver parts to customers and garages that work on vehicles. One of the vehicles we use to deliver these parts is a minivan with automatic rear sliding doors. Automatic doors are wonderful, when they work but when they don't these miracle doors turn into a major hassle. We have an issue with one of our van's, the back door on the driver's side will not open, simply put its broken and we are not able to use it at all until we get it fixed. So in order to load the vehicle we have to manually open the large door on the back of the van. It's not a permanent problem, but a costly repair so we're looking at all the options to fix an old tired van.
I was making a delivery the other day and started thinking about that door. How I would have to walk to the back of the van and open the big back door to get the parts for the customer, not to mention I'm on the shorter side so in order to shut that big old door I practically have to jump to reach it. Ugh. Then, after my mental tantrum I started to really think about this problem. I started thinking about the fact that this is not a "big" problem, even if it stayed like this forever we would just have to make an adjustment to the way do things. Simply put, it's an inconvenience. This got me thinking about life and how often our days, our plans are changed due to inconveniences that are out of our control. It could be our child forgetting something at home so we have to make a special trip to school to help them out. Maybe it's a faulty van door that makes our job a little more challenging. Maybe it's a health issue we wish we didn't have to deal with, or maybe it's a friend or family member who genuinely needs help at the end of the day when we are tired and all we want to do is sit down. There are many times when I know my heart and my body needs to do something just because I'm called to. I may be tired, or stressed myself, but I think these inconveniences happen for a reason. Maybe what we think are inconveniences are really God's way of making us see things differently. Just maybe, these inconveniences are Gods way of slowing us down, helping us learn, showing us His bigger picture.
We live in a world where we are surrounded by computers, phones, and all types of devices that make us believe we should get answers almost instantly, devices that may make our life more convenient but at the same time add a level of busyness that, at times, makes us miss the bigger picture He is trying to show us. Although challenging, maybe when we are faced with these inconveniences we need to take a moment, step back, and see how God is using these inconveniences, these moments to determine our steps through life.
Oh Nancy, I really like this! As I read it I thought about all the inconveniences in my life, both big and small and you are right. These inconveniences cause us to have to stop and switch gear and in doing so they often teach us how small we are and how big God is.