And yet the heart of man, though small,
is big enough for Christ to live in,
if man will only make room for Him.
As we enter into the second week of Advent, I find myself longing for quiet in what is arguably the busiest as well as the most wonderful time of year.
Advent is a welcome daily invitation to step away from the hype of the holiday season and to reflect upon the glorious story of our salvation. It is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ. I’m familiar with this.
As each of our six children was born, there was also a time of waiting and preparation. Even as the new baby took up increasingly more space and stretched the boundaries of my belly, I began to strategize how we’d make space in our home and schedule for his or her arrival. Bunk beds were assembled. We strategically rearranged and positioned toy boxes, dressers, and cribs. Considerations and decisions about schedules, bedtimes, and who would or wouldn’t keep who awake were made. We had to make room for the expected baby.
This season of Advent is a time to make room in our hearts, minds, and schedules for Christ. The commercialization of Christmas has one message, and it’s more—more activity, more food, and more stuff. But welcoming Christ inherently requires denying other things to make room for Him and the manifestation of His will in our lives.
Christmas and the invitation to focus and intentionally prepare our hearts and minds to receive and celebrate Christ again avails us of a very personal and unprecedented opportunity. He incarnates, becomes flesh, in us through the outworking of our obedience, relationships, and unique role in His body.
This Advent season, take a few minutes to consider . . .
How are you preparing and making room for Jesus during this waiting time of Advent?
What might need to be rearranged or even gotten rid of to make space to more fully receive and embrace God’s will for your life?
What new God-sized dreams are gestating in your heart?
I’d love to hear your answers in the comments!
Shared by: Kim Hyland