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The Throne of Convenience

Sometimes it takes a mere moment of delay in a traffic jam to bring out that huff, “this is not convenient”. Other times it comes with those two pink lines. Seeing everything she would have to give up to keep the coming tiny human alive. She utters a resentful “this is not convenient”. 

Why does the question of convenience often come up in our daily lives? Why are we constantly  thinking of convenience moment to moment? Why is inconvenience so often in a mother’s vocabulary? 

I believe it is because we are so used to convenience that anything inconvenient feels like an intrusion, a downgrade in life, a bump in the road. It feels like something we aren’t supposed to have to face coming along to ruin our day. 

Convenient America 

A post on RelocateUSA stated that “The United States is sometimes referred to as having a culture of convenience. In other words, Americans are used to living a convenient lifestyle where most necessities and luxuries are easily available at all times.” 

It went on to list a few examples of these conveniences: 24/7 stores, preorders, drive-through, and free refills. 

Though not listed I would add: doordash, postal service, Amazon, curbside pickup, the day after pill, loans, microwaves, food stamps, unemployment checks, urgent care, debit cards, daycare, online banking, instant pots, abortion access, just add water meals, garden irrigation, etc. 

It’s not hard to see that the assessment of our culture, being a convenient one, is more than accurate!

Inconvenient World 

If you’ve been around the world at all you will notice that many cultures do not function as the US does. Many places, especially those countries labeled as 3rd-world, operate with a lot less convenience. 

In the Philippines for example; The sale of the abortion pill is illegal. 

You actually have to make a premeditated choice. If you make a choice you regret, you’re out of luck, because surgical abortion is also illegal in the Philippines and getting an abortion illegally can result in a death sentence or up to 6 years in prison!

Another example comes from Haiti; There is only one area with remotely fast food in all of Haiti and it is now a mostly vacated area of the capital. 

There is no McDonalds in Haiti, can you imagine?! In order to eat you actually have to go buy your ingredients, prep it, and cook it every… single… meal. Usually over wood, charcoal, or gas because electricity is hit or miss (more miss than hit). This takes hours. 

If you can afford it and decide to eat out, be prepared to wait in long lines or at a table for hours to get your meal. My husband and I have waited 4 hours for dinner on multiple occasions! 

On a good day getting food in the street takes about an hour. 

Inconvenience Through God’s Eyes

Whether born in America or elsewhere I believe God is asking us to view these inconveniences differently than this convenient culture does. To view the untimely interruptions that come our way in everyday life through the lens of His perfect timing. Knowing that no unplanned event is above His plan for us.

Looking at Jesus’ life we see so many little moments where He chooses to be inconvenienced of his own will. 

Washing Feet 

Think about it. He laid aside his garments, stooped, and washed the disciples’ feet in John 13. He could have let any lowly servant do this task. He could have sat down and waited for his own feet to be washed. But he didn’t. He chose to inconvenience himself with serving.

We are told that He was setting an example for his disciples to follow. He was showing them that it is better to serve than to be served. He was inconveniencing Himself and telling them to do the same. 

Welcoming Children 

Then there is the passage in Mark 10 (and elsewhere) where children are coming to Jesus to sit around him and be prayed for. The disciples rebuke them, telling them to go away. Jesus becomes angry and tells them not to prevent the children from coming because the kingdom of God belongs to little people as much as big. 

Jesus was in the middle of answering important questions and teaching adults. Perhaps the children were creating a ruckus that seemed to disrupt what was important in the disciples eyes. But not Jesus’, he saw the inconvenience of stopping what he was doing to focus on the children as the very best thing in the moment. 

He welcomed the distraction as if it was not a distraction but an opportunity to shift his focus to another important area of ministry. 

Stopping Along the Way 

In Luke 19 we see Jesus ‘passing through’ Jericho. He’s on His way to the next thing. He is stopped by Zacchaeus, the short man up in the tree. He says to Him come down I will stay at your house today. 

The people around Him start to mutter ‘He is going to be the guest of a sinner’. Yet Jesus does exactly that. The entire household gets saved and Zacchaeus feels seen and found. 

Jesus could have kept walking by. He could have been rushing so much that he didn’t even take the time to look up. He could push through the crowd complaining that the mass of people was making him late getting to the next town. Yet he slowed down, looked up, saw the one person around Him that needed help and he made time to give it. 

Another time in Luke 8 Jesus is walking through a crowd again when the woman with the issue of blood touches His clothes and is healed. He again stops walking, turns around, and sees her. 

When she comes forward to confess she was the one who had touched him he stoops down to comfort her, saying not to be afraid that her faith had made her well and she could leave in peace. Had he kept on walking the woman would still be healed physically but maybe those words He took the time to say brought a spiritual healing that was also needed.

Impromptu Hospitality 

A multitude of people were listening to Jesus teach in Matthew 14. It became late, the disciples were likely tired and hungry, ready to call it a day. They went to Jesus saying ‘It’s late. Call it a day. Send the people away so they can go buy food.’ But Jesus answered them ‘no, you give them something to eat’.

If I was a disciple I’d probably be thinking “But Jesus, this wasn’t in my food plan for this week, how about we reschedule. Does it look like we have the money to feed all of these people? They are the ones with jobs to buy food and houses to cook in, we don’t get paid for all the ministry work we do and none of us have a house around here. Besides we are the ones teaching them they should be giving us food!”. 

Jesus, I’m sure, didn’t have any of these sinful human thoughts. All He saw was an opportunity to be hospitable, to become a little more tired, and to give a little more for the sake of someone else. He then brought the disciples along for the ride to witness the everyday life choices of someone who embraces impromptu opportunities to be hospitable.

A Pauper on A Throne

This is you and me. We so often build our throne of convenience. Making our schedules, idolizing our lists, rushing past opportunities calling them interruptions. Forgetting that Jesus our example stooped to embrace the inconveniences and beckons us to do the same.

When we bemoan inconveniences and call our plans good we become like a pauper sitting on a throne. Thinking that we are entitled to convenience. 

We reason away those little tugs of our conscience as we rush past an outstretched hand. We pat ourselves on the back as we stay busy and away from home as our children are growing up in the care of others because we have ‘more important’ things to do.  

All the while the true king is standing down in the crowd surrounded by needy people calling us to step down from that throne that never belonged to us anyway. He’s calling us to open our eyes to see that all these little bumps in the road are not there by mistake but are part of the path we were meant to walk. 

Let’s step down.

Let’s not always choose the easiest thing. 

Let’s not grumble about inconvenience, in fact let’s erase that word from our vocabulary.

Let’s make plans but hold them with open hands looking up because there may be a man in the tree along the way. 

Let’s serve and not seek to be served. 

Let’s give and not question whether the receiver is worthy. 

Let’s follow the savior who delights in using detours for His greater glory.

“Yes, to follow Jesus is to live a life of inconvenience. It really does seem that Jesus often – if not usually – interrupts a person’s life when it is most inconvenient! It’s not just that it seems inconvenient to walk through life with Jesus – it is! There is a cost to honoring Christ and it is counted in the currency of convenience.”

Pastor Andrew

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 


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