For my entire life, and I do mean every year, I’ve heard the words to “Joy to the World” at Christmas time. Not one holiday season has passed without the opportunity to heartily sing out the hymn with gusto. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing.”
This year I heard these words in particular everywhere I went: “Let every heart prepare Him room.” The lyrics seemed to follow me around and I could not escape them.
The thing is, every year when Christmas rolls around, my life turns into a ridiculous flash of activities and I don’t prepare – at least, not like I should. But this year, with the words echoing in my ears, I began to ask Him sincerely, “How can I prepare? What can I do to make room for You this Christmas?”
The answer seemed to tiptoe in the back door- and I wasn’t prepared for how He was making room…
Over the holidays I love to bake gifts for friends and family. On one trip to Wal Mart, Michael and I ran into an old friend who had come on hard times. After chatting with Him, I felt so strongly – I whispered to Michael maybe I should make a cake for his family, – but I wasn’t sure we would run into him again. I felt so strongly that if I was to bake a cake for him, it would work out!
A week or two later, I walked into the very same Wal Mart after a morning of making several cakes. Believe it or not, I ran into our friend again and was able to leave a cake with him. Someone who had very little to give his family for Christmas, was so excited to receive this simple gift. Friends, as I walked to the car, I’ll admit a little teary, it was as though He spoke audibly to me : “Whatever you do for the least of these you have done to Me.”
So, a few days before Christmas, I gave cake to Jesus, without even planning it. And I knew in an extraordinary way that He had drawn my heart to His, made room for Himself, and His purpose, even in my cake baking!
My prayer has changed since then. No longer am I asking how to prepare room for Him at Christmas. No, I’m asking Him to make room for Himself, in ways I never dreamed, in every part of my life, all year long.
I can’t wait to see what He has planned!