At home or at work, it always seems like we could use more space. There’s never enough closet space or storage space. We hold on to so much stuff. Maybe it’s because were frugal, or maybe it’s because we find security in our stuff. Knowing we might use it again or wear it again, we hold on to stuff until there is no room. Some things haven’t changed in thousands of years. Is the same true in our relationship with God. We hold onto so much stuff from the past that there is no room for the present, and even less room for the future?
6 While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom. – Luke 2:6-7 (CEB)
As we welcome the birth of Christ once again, maybe we could make room in our lives to receive him. May he be born in us.
We cram our trunks, our closets, our calendars. Clearing out the space in our souls is even more treacherous than cleaning out our work spaces, homes, or our calendars. But a grace filled God is willing to wait on us and even to help us. The Lord is waiting and wanting to be with you. Will you offer Him the space?
It reminds me of this line from the third verse of O Little Town of Bethlehem:
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
The dear Christ enters in.
Prayer: Lord, help me to make room for you in my life. Be born in me. Amen.