Making Room

Nativity.tiff

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 KJV

I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately.  I don’t seem to have a lot of energy for other things, and my new med makes sleeping a challenge.

So, I watch movies that I probably wouldn’t ordinarily watch.

“Clutter” was one of those movies.

The language isn’t the best.

It’s kind of a dark, melancholy story.

A father, with a young family, dies unexpectedly from a heart attack, and the story line delineates the different paths the children and the mother take emotionally after his death.

The mother’s form of coping is to become a hoarder.  Anything and everything that elicited any kind of a good memory was kept until the house was so cluttered that the home would be condemned if it wasn’t cleaned up.

There are interesting ins and outs as the house is cleaned up by the children.  When the mother comes home and sees the clean and tidy house, she loses it.  All her memories are gone.

She ends up in a hospital.

Now, the next bit is up for grabs.  She either has a vision or a hallucination - or something.  Something that happens where she sees her dead husband again.  She asks him why he has been gone so long and why he finally came back.

His reply haunts me.

“There is finally room for me.”

I stare around my cluttered rooms, think of the ways I have cluttered up my life with the unnecessaries, and wonder, “Is that what took so long for me to truly find God?  For Him to find me?  Was there simply no room in my life? Do I continue, day-by-day to make room, or am I surrounding myself with clutter once again?

So, another purpose shows itself in my rather chaotic life.

I need to purposely make room for Christ.  I must let go of the memories and attitudes and activities and … well - everything .. that crowds Him out of my life.

As I write this, I think of the beginning of the story of the Nativity and search out the verse.

“There was no room for them in the inn.”

How important it is for me to make sure there is more than enough room for Him in my life.

Father God, thank you for the many ways you make use of songs, and movies, words from friends, and seemingly unconnected events to reveal more and more of yourself to us.  Help us to be aware of the many ways you speak to us.  And Lord, help us to make sure, that above everything else, we are making room for you.  Amen and amen.


For my email friends:  “No Room at the Inn”

Lyrics-
"No room at the Inn" was the message then,
As the Christ child came to earth;
No room for the babe to lay his head,
No room for the royal birth.

The world had been waiting for their king;
They had waited, watched, and prayed.
But the Son of God came, then was gone,
And they knew not where he lay.

"No room at the Inn" is the message now,
Mankind has no room for him;
There is room for silver and gold and jewels,
But still there's no room at the Inn.

The Christ child waits at the door of men's hearts,
Waiting to be asked in;
Will the world who so needs the light of Christ
Be wise men and invite him in?

"No room at the Inn" was the message then,
Pray it might not ever be thus.
At Christmas time and all year through,
Make room as he's made room for us.


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