As a tea drinker I have always been secretly jealous of you coffee drinkers. When I go to Starbucks it’s just a tea bag and hot water. Nothing special. But you coffee drinkers get to order exciting things with extra shots and multiple pumps, with caramel drizzles, extra whip, and all upside down. My earl gray tea always seems pitiful by comparison.
Every so often I was privileged to enter into this world of coffee cool when I ordered my wusband’s favorite drink, a quad grande Americano. The first time I stepped up to the counter it was obvious that I was a novice because the barista asked me one of those Starbucks questions and since I didn’t have my coffee translator with me, I had no idea what she was talking about. She asked “Do you want it WITH ROOM?” What? What room? Whose Room? What the heck? Starbucks can be intimidating when you are just a tea drinker. I was quickly educated on the concept of ROOM. She wanted to know if I wanted less coffee in the cup to make room for cream. And the answer was yes. I wanted my order WITH ROOM.
It’s also how I want my Christmas. I want my Christmas WITH ROOM for Christ. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. I get shopping, cooking, planning, entertaining, cleaning all around the holidays and find that my cup is full of activity and I have NO ROOM left for God. I spend all month preparing for the greatest birthday party of the year and have NO ROOM left for the birthday boy. Sad.
One of the saddest parts of the Christmas story is when Mary and Joseph finally reached Bethlehem and they asked the innkeeper FOR a ROOM, but there was NO ROOM for them in the inn. NO ROOM for Jesus. I bet that guy is kicking himself now. I know that I am. Because I want this season to have plenty of ROOM for God. I want to do better than the innkeeper. I want to follow the advice found in the Christmas classic, Joy to the World: and “Let every heart prepare him room.” I want there to be ROOM in my heart for Jesus this Christmas.
I believe this is an intentional decision that I must make everyday. Just as Starbucks will fill my cup to the brim unless I ask for ROOM, my natural bent is to do the same.
And so I will MAKE ROOM for God by not scheduling every hour of this week. I will leave ROOM in my day for time with Him or for Him to add something unexpected, like painting my daughters’ fingernails. I find that it’s easier to experience the presence of God when I am doing something sweet with one of my children. It seems that one of the main ways that I can MAKE ROOM for God is to MAKE ROOM for His people. I will leave ROOM to go to bed early so I can wake with energy to enjoy morning prayer with God. I will leave some ROOM in the things that I take for granted, like holiday music wherever I go, and start singing the Christmas carols on the radio as serenades to God.
And I will leave some ROOM in my wallet so that I can give to the Salvation Army when I go to Walmart, and increase my giving at church, and even buy the person behind me in the drive-thru line at Starbucks their Grande coffee in a venti cup with 2 pumps hazelnut, 2 pumps vanilla, 2 pumps caramel, 2 equals and 4 sweet and lows filled to the top with cream, with extra cream on the side, double cupped with no sleeve, a stir stick, and stopper put in the top.
What will you do this week to MAKE ROOM for Jesus?