Busy. Stressful. Full. Overwhelmed. Over-committed
Yes, these words might just describe how you feel during this season of celebrating Christmas.
Shopping for gifts, you cram as much as you can into your trunk until nothing else could possibly fit.
Looking at your finances for the month, you conclude that there’s nothing left.
The calendar on the fridge is hard to read because there’s no white space left anywhere. Every single day is filled in with an event.
In Luke 2:7, we read “Mary laid the baby Jesus in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”
No room for them? No room for the savior of the world? No room for the promised messiah?
We might balk at this predicament and exclaim how unfair it was for someone to turn away a mother getting ready to give birth. How could they not make room for Jesus?
How could they?
But in a similar way, aren’t we guilty of doing the same thing sometimes?
Do we fill our days with so much busyness that we don’t have time for Jesus?
Do we allow numerous negative thoughts to crowd our mind, leaving no room for meditating on uplifting truth?
Do we selfishly grip that one area of our life, not wanting to surrender it to Jesus?
I am guilty of all of these!
My to-do list is more than I can realistically accomplish, and before I know it, the day is over and not once have I taken time to pray and ask Jesus for his direction. NOT ENOUGH ROOM
After a conflict with my husband I allow my mind to be consumed with his offensive words. I dwell, rehash and stew over this instead of taking it to Jesus. NOT ENOUGH ROOM
More often than not, I am driven by pride instead of being spirit led. NOT ENOUGH ROOM
What about you, dear friend? Where in your life are you struggling to make enough room for Jesus?
Where are you crowding him out? Where are you saying no to him when it should be yes? Where are you wanting your way instead of his way?
May God have mercy on us when we choose to crowd out the very one who came to save us. Rescue us. Redeem us. Restore us.
When we choose to do this, we are just like the busy inn-keeper who told the parents of the Messiah, “Sorry, there’s no room.”
In his defense, he didn’t know who he was turning away.
He didn’t know the savior of the world was getting ready to be born on his property.
He didn’t know his stable would become famous for generations to come.
He didn’t know he was in the presence of the soon-to-be-born King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
But we do know who Jesus is and yet we still turn him away at times.
I’m so thankful for God’s forgiveness and patience with us. So grateful for his love for us.
I pray we will embrace him every day. Every hour. Every moment. Leaving enough room for him to lead us, guide us and love others through us.
Will you choose to leave enough room for Jesus today?
Blessings to you!