the blow out
When John moved to Texas to start his new job, he drove his truck and took the boat. He was busy getting ready for the trip the day before he left when he discovered that one of the boat trailer tires was flat. What a hassle! John had to drive to the store to get a tool that he needed, and he had to make a jack for the trailer tires. After he took the tire off, he took it to be repaired. We picked it up later, and the shop said there was nothing wrong with it. What a waste of time! (Or so we thought.)
The next day, John called me after he had been driving for a little over an hour to let me know that he had had a blow out. I know what you're thinking, but it wasn't the tire from the day before. It was a different one. But because John had had to remove that tire, he had the tools and equipment he needed to make a possibly difficult job relatively easy. He was back on the road about ten minutes later.
What if John hadn't had the flat tire the day before? He may not have had the tools he needed to change his tire, thus complicating the situation. I'm sure you can imagine how frustrating it would have been without the proper tools.
So we learned to thank God for relatively minor inconveniences because they may save us from big problems later on. We praised God that night for the aggravation of a flat tire!
Have you had a situation like this one where you felt frustration for a problem, learning later that it actually made things easier for you?