This year my dear daughter Elizabeth followed her heart and created an interactive Advent coloring book called “Prepare Him Room.” The title stopped me. In fact, it began to play as a loop in my mind. Prepare Him room–what does that mean? How do we do it? What changes must occur to prepare the room? What kind of “room”? What preparations should be done? Can they ever be “good enough”? As I pondered this phrase, I felt the Lord come close. Peace began to fill my heart. Anticipation began to grow. I knew that the phrase focus emphasis was on enlarging the “room” in my heart, soul and mind for Him. So how do we do that?
Prepare–means to make ready for use or consideration. There is a sense of anticipation that comes with the preparation. Something is going to change or happen. It also includes the willingness to do something. This preparation, was not about is not preparing for a newborn baby, but the preparation needed to receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To welcome Him into more of the aspects of our heart and life so we can shine even brighter for Him. There was no sense of trepidation with this preparation–just a desire to make a comfortable room for a special friend. An intentional decision to make even more room for Him.
Preparing a room usually begins with cleaning. Getting rid of any clutter and dirt that has accumulated. If we are honest, we know our hearts can accumulate clutter. If we want to prepare our hearts for Him, we must get rid of the excess thought clutter as well. Unforgiveness, worry and anxiety can build up–taking up space where His Presence and peace should abide. Asking the Holy Spirit to do a deep cleaning in our souls can seem scary, but in actuality it brings freedom from negativity and fear. Throwing out old hindering insecurities as well as childish ways makes way for His new revelation and joy.
The amazing thing about this room preparation for the Lord, is that He works right along side us! He helps in every stage. He longs to fellowship with us, even in the cleaning. In fact, most of the scriptures that deal with the word prepare, refer to God’s preparation for us! Psalm 23: 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. He comforted His disciples (and therefore us) with Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. Even now He is in preparation mode! Oh my friends, let us choose to die daily to ourselves to make more room for Him and His ways. To put off the things that so easily distract and detract from Him,
We are not only preparing our hearts more fully for the Lord, but also for the things He likes. The things He cares about. He cares about widows, orphans, the homeless, the poor, the cast out, the unloved most definitely those who do not know Him.. As we enlarge our hearts, we find ourselves caring about these things as well.
I have a friend who every month when she gets paid, she takes some cash and puts it aside in her purse. When she sees or hears about a need, she quietly meets that need. It is a practical way of loving and living for Him. In this age where people don’t carry much cash due to debit/credit cards it takes intentionality to prepare to meet an unknown need. I attempt to follow her example. As you read through scripture, take time to notice other things that make Him happy as well as the things He doesn’t like (read Proverbs 6:16-19)!
Friends, I trust you will take the time to make room for our Lord and Savior in every aspect of your life. As we ponder the miracle of His birth, let us allow the Son of Man, the Lord room to rule as well in our hearts and lives.