Preparing Him Room
Everybody’s familiar with the classic Christmas song, “Joy to the World”, but like with many common things, we can get in the rut of saying the words without considering what we’re really saying. I love the charge in that hymn to “...let every heart prepare Him room.” Are you preparing room for Him?
It’s widely known that as a Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, they sought out a room to no avail. Every inn was full with the influx of travelers who had come back to Bethlehem for the census that King Harod had ordered. Each inn was legitimately full. There was one innkeeper, however, who went down in the greatest history Book of all time for providing what little shelter he did have available, a stable.
The Christmas season is easily one of the busiest times for most people. Everyone is legitimately busy with school plays, church functions, Christmas parties, gift buying, gift wrapping, traditions, #allthethings! But in the midst of our “busy” are we just the same as those innkeepers back in Bethlehem who turned away Mary and Joseph because they, too, were too full? Are our schedules too full or is there a stable outback that we’re forgetting about that could be offered? Are there a few minutes once the kids are out the door to school or gifts that can be wrapped a little later to allow room for Him?
Don’t let yourself neglect what little time you may be able to offer to Jesus because you think it’s not enough. The stable that Jesus was born in wasn’t fancy. The innkeeper didn’t say, “Oh! You’re about to birth the Messiah! Whoa. Okay, let me go sweep up that stable and find a space heater for you.” Don’t think that time with the Lord has to be an hour long devotional, a whole session of prayer journaling, or whatever you may have made it out in your mind to look like. That’s great if you can do that! I think the more time we spend in the Word the better we are! But offer Him what you have. It’s your heart that matters after all.
What could happen if you prepared a little bit of room for Him this season? It might just go down in history...