The end of November and the beginning of December seem to be just going by at the speed of light. It's been a flurry of activity here at our house. From basketball games to holiday preparations, our days have been full. When I look at the calendar I can't believe how close it is to Christmas. I want to slam on the breaks and slow things down, but I know that realistically that can't happen.
I was reading in my quiet time this morning about the importance of tending to the inner fire - of making sure that the important doesn't get lost in the urgent. This is a season of 'preparing Him room'. This is the season of 'Immanuel, God with us'. But sadly for me, too many days go by where I've 'prepared my room and asked God to keep up with me'. Christmas will come and go and I don't want to have missed tending to the most important things. I don't want to be the innkeeper with the inn that's too full to allow the Messiah residence.
"To prepare Him room is to make time to enter the stillness, to embrace the quiet, to listen for that 'still, small voice'."* I'm purposing to set aside some time each day to be still. To reflect and listen and pour over that which really matters. I want to intentionally seek the Messiah during this season just as the wise men did long ago. My quiet time each day will be those moments when the activity stills and I turn my heart and focus on the greatest Gift that was given.
I encourage you to find time each day to tend the inner fire as well, so that when this holiday season is over you and I won't have spent our earnings on trinkets and baubles, but on eternal treasures that carry into the next year..
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
and the government will be upon His shoulder.
His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
*Christ, the Light of the World - A Devotional by Thomas Kinkade