A little Inconvenience

This weekend I flew to Michigan to lead worship for a conference. I was full of excitement to be a part of the conference and see our dear friends that partner with us in ministry, the Porta family. As I was flying to Michigan, I ended up having the strangest delay, missing my connecting flight for Chicago, staying in a hotel in the windy city, having to delay our rehearsal for the next morning and the list continues. Fast forward a few days and here I sit in the airport, again, eager to get home to all my boys. The flight had a technical error, and now I am stuck and will not be home until tomorrow afternoon. I have never once had to stay overnight due to flight confusion, and here I sit, thinking, “why is this happening again?” then God reminded me what He did with the delay in the first flight…. 

I had finally found myself on the last leg of the trip. I sat next to a large, bearded man and said, “hi there,” and he said, “hi there,” and we talked the remaining trip. I told him I was leading worship at a conference, and he responded by telling me how he and his wife are in ministry, they lead worship, she does a blog, they have 4 kids, they just planted a vineyard church, he writes children books, and has a recording studio and the knowledge that goes with. After we continued to talk about all the commonalities that our families shared, we knew that this flight was a beautiful, divine appointment. Although the trip was not at all what I had expected, and the plans changed, God used that time to do something wonderful, birth a new relationship with a Godly brother and family.

I say this long, drawn-out, flight-confusion story, all to say that the divine timing of God does not always line up with the timing of our plans. As inconvenient as “timing” can be in our lives, inconvenience can lead to great things, to new appointments and other opportunities that we had not been written in our own plans. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). After reading the book of Numbers this month, I am reminded that God DOES care about the details of our lives, and He knows all things, He can change all things, and He can even take inconvenience’s and use them for good for His kingdom purpose.   

Sunday morning I had the opportunity to attend our friends church in the beautiful town of Petoskey and hear a great sermon on idols. He was reading from the book of Luke chapter 9 and identified one of our idols as, comfort. Well, it would be way more comfortable to be in my home with my family and sleeping in my bed, instead of sitting in this airport. However, the comfort is gone for today, but my eyes are open to a knew thought, a new perspective or even a new understanding of what is important here? I am still not entirely sure why I am stuck here for another night, but I have all the hope that God can use it for His good and I will let you know what great divine appointment may come out of another little inconvenience.

Published by Emily Rodewald

Emily is a writer and worship leader. She has written several worship songs, she is a co-author or two children's books and has begun writing about the light of Jesus in her blog at www.emilyrodewald.com. She is a co-founder of Parallel Ministries and a mom of two boys, George and Oliver. She has been married for 13 years to the man of her dreams, Daniel. She and her family live in beautiful Montana where they enjoy taking the boys fishing, going on adventures, and renovating their new home.

2 thoughts on “A little Inconvenience

  1. Very thought provoking. Em. I believe this happens to us more often then we think. So much of the time we so busy and not in the present that true moments escape us. Thanks for reminding me to stay focused, not get too busy, and cherish every inconvenience. It may have just saved me… in many ways!


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