Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the City of David which is called Bethlehem to be taxed with Mary his wife who was great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:4-7
It’s almost unimaginable to think of a very pregnant young woman about ready to give birth showing up at your door in the middle of winter and being told, “Sorry, no room for you here.” Can you even fathom telling someone to go deliver her baby in the barn with the animals? That’s not quite the romantic version of the story, but a powerful precursor to an unfolding saga of no room. Herod learned of Jesus’s birth from the gossip of the day and sent soldiers to Bethlehem to eliminate all children. There was no room for his teaching, no room for his miracles, and the leading religious leaders wanted him gone. Even in death he didn’t get his own tomb. Herod’s tomb was borrowed.
This story comes from two millennia ago, but the question is still valid today. Do you have room for the birth of Christ Consciousness in your world? Having no room at the inn is not nearly as significant as having room in your life for a higher awareness to birth itself into your experience. Is there room in your expression or are you full? Is there room for peace, or is war taking up too much space? Are your pursuits leaving too little time for your spiritual revelations? If you are too busy to create space for God in your life, you are too busy.
Spiritual Contemplation: Are you so full that you don’t have the energy or inclination to create space for something greater to enter into your life?
Affirmation: I always have room for God!