Pregnancy is not among my favorite things.
My three pregnancies haven't been miserable, by any means. Though I had my share of morning sickness, heartburn, and aches & pains, I have to admit that I didn't have more than my share.
Still, at its very best, pregnancy is a challenging time, even as it's a blessed one. After all, few things worth having come without sacrifice.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 2:4-5)
Have you ever put yourself in Mary's place here? I don't know about you, but making a days-long journey on foot or on the back of some lumbering animal during a pregnancy would be far from ideal in my book.
If I had been Mary, I just might've been tempted to complain about the timing of good old Caesar Augustus's census. I can just hear myself grumbling now.
“You have GOT to be kidding me. We have to go where?”
But here's the thing…
The inconvenience was undoubtedly part of God's plan.
Inconveniences in Life
Sometimes I'm afraid we misinterpret that God's plans to prosper us and give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)…
But God never promises that His plans are without inconvenience.
In fact, most of His plans don't fit into our idea of convenient at all.
It wasn't exactly convenient for Noah to spend decades of his life laboring on the ark.
As exultant as Sarah surely was about expecting Isaac, do you think it was convenient for her to endure pregnancy and labor as an elderly woman?
Joseph was cast off by his brothers, sold into slavery, and spent years of his life in prison before becoming a ruler in Egypt. Convenient? I don't think so.
Paul and Silas' time in jail led to the Philippian jailer's salvation. But hello? They were in jail! Talk about inconvenient!
And the best example of all is our Lord Himself. He left heaven, going out of His way to redeem us back from sin by suffering a cruel death on a cross.
Yes, my friends, God's plans often require us to be inconvenienced. The question is, will we submit our will and sacrifice our desire for comfort and ease, for the sake of seeing His plan fulfilled?
Once upon a time, the salvation of the human race required the building of an ark…
and centuries later, it required the enduring of a cross.
Were those inconveniences worth it?
If you value your existence and your redemption, your answer is a resounding yes!
What inconvenience are you facing right now? Are you inwardly grumbling about it, or are you fully yielded to every aspect of God's plan…inconvenience included?
Will you say a prayer right now and let God know that you're willing to endure inconvenience for the sake of His plans and His glory? Ask Him to help you persevere through inconvenience with the right heart attitude; He will surely do it!