“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:15-16, 20
Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever-changing: Sickness. Conflict. Traffic jams. Forgetfulness. Appliance malfunctions.
What we cannot see, however, is the other side of inconvenience. We think it has no purpose other than to discourage us, make life more difficult, and thwart our plans. However, inconvenience could be God’s way of protecting us from some unseen danger, or it could be an opportunity to demonstrate God’s grace and forgiveness. It might be the start of something even better than we had planned or it could be a test to see how we respond to adversity. Whatever it is, even though we may not know God’s reason, we can be assured of His motive; to make us more like Jesus and to further His kingdom on earth.
God had a purpose. Knowing this, we can thank Him, being confident that He is giving us an opportunity to redeem the time.