In chapter 40 of his book, Isaiah translates the business of making room for the King into hands-on 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!’”
Is it possible to work at road construction without getting dirty? Only if we stay out of it, which means we’re either at the sidelines watching or leaving the scene entirely because we don’t want any part in it. The message in Isaiah is clear, however. God encourages us to get involved and get our hands dirty.
A young couple in desperate need of a place to spend the night was turned down everywhere until a local from Bethlehem came to their rescue. Since the name of this person is undisclosed, I am asking you to fill in your name today. Picture yourself in Bethlehem teaming with visitors; 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 and their sole mode of transportation: a donkey. With his mate going into labor, the poor man looks shell-shocked. Assessing the situation, you rack your brain to find a way how to help these people. You’re determined to find a midwife, and then, out of the blue, you have a brilliant idea. You say: “I know a place where you can stay. It’s just a barn, but it’s dry and at least you have a roof over your head. Come with me!”
And the rest is history. It’s in extraordinary circumstances that the best or the worst will be brought out in us. There are people who shut their doors, and there are people who make room. God is appealing to you and me to make room today.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s make room for the King!