This past week, my husband and I moved to a new apartment. We moved to a smaller space from a much larger condo, and at first we wondered how we would make all our belongings fit.
But then we started selling, donating and throwing away junk. We prioritized and decluttered, getting rid of things we didn’t use or need. While a lot of good has come out of the move already, there are still some inconveniences we have to adjust to. But I’ve come to realize, I’m so grateful for these “inconveniences.”
In fact, I would argue that small discomforts go a long way in reminding us to rely on God always and in everything.
One of my favorite Bible verses comes from John 16:33 where Jesus guarantees discomfort in our lives. He says, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have over come the world.”
Our society is very used to having everything we want, precisely when we want it. And even the small example of moving into a space that is not 100% ideal has shown me the importance of expelling comfort from my life.
When we’re comfortable, we are much less likely to recognize our need for God. But when we have small inconveniences in our lives we’re reminded that we’re living for something greater than our own comfort.
Take the discomfort of a small kitchen for example. Yes it’s annoying having to squeeze appliances and dishes into a small space. But it has forced me to be more organized and prepared. It’s helping me accomplish my goal toward minimalism, and it’s allowing me more opportunities to serve and love my husband.
This tiny example is reminding me how temporary this life is and how I shouldn’t be attached to my belongings or even my home. I’m sure someday soon I’ll be annoyed and bitter about my inconveniences, but when that day comes I pray I’ll also be reminded that his glory is far more important than my comfort.
How have you noticed God in your life this week? What has he been teaching you? Please leave a comment and share your experience, or join the conversation on my Facebook Page.