Prophecies announced His coming. And secreted behind the veil of eternity, He waited. For years, the prophets said, “He’s coming! He’s coming!”
And then, one holy night…it happened…
Stars glisten, flashing their brilliance against the black velvet of night. With one dominant star-performer. Shining more brightly than all the rest.
One unusual star emblazons the eastern sky; one divinely-appointed beam of light illuminates the way.*
And in that heavenly light, angels appear and begin singing their most glorious chorus to the shepherds in the field, as they gasp in alarm and, yet, bow low in reverent wonder.
A young, wayfaring couple nervously searches a place for their first child to be born.
Door after door slams in no-occupancy. No room in this inn!
Until…a stable is offered. A stable? A smelly stable? That place where animals live?
Yes, and the God of heaven came down that night to that smelly place. The heart of God stabled, cradled in the lowliness of messy straw, enfleshing Himself in a tiny human body.
Grace and mercy filled the world for those who would receive it.
And now? Now, the Manger Babe waits again, waits to find a place to be born, to be stabled, to be cradled in the heart of one who will receive His love.
If He humbled Himself to be cradled in a smelly stable, then He can be cradled in a smelly heart. In one that wishes to receive Him in love and to receive His love.
Maybe your life is like that smelly stable. Maybe your heart is filled with those things that act like animals in your life. Maybe it’s filled with messy straw situations.
Max Lucado wrote, “God knows what it’s like to be human.” He knows the heartache of slammed doors. The smelly animals of life. And He especially knows those dreadful words, “There is no room in this inn.” For He encounters it every day.
Therefore, welcome Him this season as you never have before.
Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. But in the hustle and bustle of the season’s preparations, we get bogged down with the preparations of the holiday. Yet, we make no preparations in our hearts for the true celebration of Christ’s presence with us.
Where does Jesus go to be cradled today? In the manger-hearts of believers. Do we make room for the Manger Babe to come and “lay down His sweet head”?
Have you anticipated His coming? Have you prepared your heart’s room for Him?
I pray that whatever is going on in your life, you will take time to bring honor to that precious Name. May you celebrate this season because of His Name.
“Joy to the world! The Lord is come…Let every heart prepare Him room.”**
Make room for the Manger Babe. Bow low in reverent wonder.
Bless and welcome His coming!
May the Advent season bring you abundant blessings…Lynn