This week I have heard the same word over and over...
It is amazing to me the things that we feel inconvenienced about.
For instance, every time I drive across the bridge to Memphis, it is so inconvenient for me to drive less of the normal speed limit, sometimes even coming to a stand still while workers work on the highway.
Even though the roads are getting better over the long term, at the moment, it feels like the roads are actually getting worse and worse. Roads seem to be tore up for so long, and we hate the detours and the delays. Seems to me that we just want improvement without any inconvenience.
Truth is, we all want things to grow, to change and advance without our world changing. Not only is that true in highway construction, but it is also true in our personal life and most definitely in our spiritual life. Too many people want the gain with no pain.
We cannot stretch ourselves without growing pains. And that goes for growing pains in our spiritual walk. We say we want to be more like Jesus, but then we groan and moan and whine when we go through difficult times.
"Lord, please make this pass quickly!"
Isn't that how many of us pray? But while driving thru the construction in Memphis, I realized that to have growth, we must be inconvenienced. God is not leery to take us down a detour if that is what is necessary for us to grow in Him.
So next time you feel like you are swimming against the current and life is coming at you hard, remember that you can lean upon God and He will be with you always. Even in those twists, turns and detours of your life. Now that is one promise that is worth all of the inconveniences of the world!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you cross rivers, you will not drown. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flames hurt you. Isaiah 43:2
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