Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Cleaning House: Part 2
It is sometimes hard to admit that we have dirty rooms that need attention and even harder to admit that we could use some help cleaning them up. So often, God waits patiently while we tidy up the mess deep within our hearts. Sometimes we hide behind work or holiday traditions without stopping to acknowledge the Spirit behind the celebration. As Christmas approaches, it is time for me to stop and assess my heart. It is time for me to look inwardly at the parts of my heart that are hidden from others; the parts known only to God. It is time for me to ask myself, "Is my heart ready for a Guest? Am I ready to bring someone else into my life just the way that I am? Am I ready to stop hiding behind the mess that is inside me and, instead, spend time with the One who can best help me clean it up?
While my husband is thrilled that I cleaned my room, he continues to tell me that his mom could have helped me while she is here. He reminds me that everything does not have to be perfect for her because she is really here to spend time with us just the way that we are. Spending time with them is more important than how the house looks....and I know that he is right. Just as I would never tell my in-laws that they can't visit, I can't say, "No," to God. He knows me and loves me and I want to spend time with Him. As a dear friend helped me clean my house and my room today, I was reminded to let God do the same in my heart.
As we prepare for this Christmas season, let's not just decorate and dust alone. Let's make room in our hearts and lives for our Guest. Let's make Jesus a part of our preparations and our celebration. Let's truly make it a celebration to remember.