Luke 2:6-7: “And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

And the pressure is on!

Have you ever had the feeling, if anything else was added to your plate, this would be the last straw breaking the camel’s back?  Yes, I believe we have all experienced this feeling at one time or another; Mary, who was ready to deliver her baby with no place to go, must have felt that way: overwhelmed!  Joseph, very protective of Mary, probably was at his breaking point.  His racing thoughts: “No room in the inn?  Is Mary going to deliver her baby publicly, in the streets of Bethlehem? O Lord, have mercy!”

Finally, a local from Bethlehem came to their rescue. Since the name of this person is not recorded fill in your name today. Picture yourself coming to help strangers in the night – crazy traffic in the streets while you are trying to get home with an endless to do list on your mind – but here they are: travelers in dirty clothes with their sole mode of transportation: a donkey. The poor man looked shell-shocked with his mate obviously going into labor. You think something along these lines: “O my goodness!  This woman needs help.  My neighbor is a midwife.  I have to go and get her.”  You address the couple, and you say: “I have a dry stable where you can settle down.  Come with me!”

And so the story goes.  It’s in extraordinary circumstances that the best or the worst will be brought out in us.  There is an innkeeper who shuts his doors, and there is a nameless person who makes room.  God is appealing to you and me today to follow the example of that nameless person.  Make room for the King!

So – do we make room in our busy schedules? Do we shake free from unnecessary obligations? Do we notice a particular need that we can meet? Do we get involved and get our hands dirty?

On that note: In chapter 40 of his book Isaiah translates the business of making room for the King into dirty road construction (Isaiah 40:3-5):

“Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
‘Clear the way through the wilderness
    for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
    for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
    and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,
    and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
The Lord has spoken!’”

Or, to quote the King Himself, Jesus once said to His followers (Matthew 25:40):

“What you have done to the least of these you have done to me.”

So let’s not turn Jesus down.  Let’s make room for the King!

“Dear Jesus, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed.  Help me to let go of things that are not important. In the sea of faces all around me I want to be able to see Your face.  Open my eyes, Lord! Help me to stop and listen to just one need at a time.  I love You.”



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