Tuesday, December 24, 2013

No Room?

One little benefit of being a teacher that you may or may not know is that we teachers learn just as much, if not more, about the things we are teaching as the children do.  And, I’m not even going to touch on what we learn about ourselves as people from these little people!  It’s really a great privilege.  And the super awesome thing about working in a Christian preschool is how I get to teach little children about Jesus and in the process learn so much about Him myself—in the “come as a little child” way that Jesus speaks about.  It is a gift that I truly treasure! 

At any rate, I want to share a little moment I had today.  A little back-story, for our Christmas program our students sang 3 songs that told the story of baby Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.  One of the songs was called “Room in My Heart”.  It came after the part in the story when Joseph and Mary were looking for a room to spend the night and have their baby – Jesus!  You may know the story, every place was full because of the census being taken and wherever Mary and Joseph went they were told, in simple terms, there is no room for you here.  The children then sang the song that says there is room in my heart for Jesus.  There may not have been room in the inns, but there is room for you Jesus in my heart! 

I woke up early this morning and even before my eyes were barely open, the holiday season busy-ness began to take over my mind.  A house full of people leaving today, a second house full coming tonight, church services in between, food and cleaning and things to do, not to mention that I’d like to play and have fun with my family and friends!  I could literally see a little cartoon character guy standing in my head, with an exaggerated flip, unrolling a long scroll of paper with the to-do list my mind was already preparing for me to do today!  Thankfully, my eyes were barely open and I was able to drift back to sleep for a little bit.  And in that time, God really ministered to my spirit.  Because the second time I awoke, what did I have going on in my head?  The song, There’s Room in my Heart for Jesus.  And the spirit spoke gently and sweetly reminding me that this time of preparation isn’t for a tidy house, a delicious meal, or well planned activities; no this time of preparation is to make room in our lives for the One, our King, who came to dwell among us, a person like us experiencing and feeling all that we do.  He came then to live as we do, so we can know that He is experienced with our afflictions on this earth.  He comes now to live in us to bring us comfort and peace and love and so many other things as we walk with Jesus Immanuel, God with us. 

I pray that I will carry Immanuel with me through this and every day.  I pray that I won’t be like the inn-keepers in Bethlehem, saying there’s no room for you here.  My day is too full to make room for you.  No, I want to be the little children singing, there’s room in my heart for Jesus, today and every day! 

Matthew 1:21a-23 – she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

Isaiah 9:6 – For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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