It happened while I was vacuuming my room.
I was busy going over a mental to-do list of all the things I needed to get done before I left Kansas City for my little hometown in Iowa the following week.
Do all my laundry
Pack up my suitcase
Empty and load the dishwasher
Don’t forget to wrap up the presents
Speaking of which, remember to buy wrapping paper
Tell mom I need a new vacuum (mine went ca-put while I was thinking these things)
And for some reason this thought came to mind.
“I’m busy physically preparing for the holiday season – but am I preparing spiritually?”
Have you ever had a moment where a thought pops into your mind and you have no idea where it came from but you know you couldn’t possibly have thought it up on your own?
I like to think of those as holy spirit nudges.
Gentle, quiet, yet clearly speaking something to your soul.
It’s kind of cool!
I have heard similar notions a couple times before the vacuuming moment, and I think maybe God is trying to tell me something.
This is a time to prepare ourselves – to clear the clutter and open our hearts to be ready to receive the Gift.
I haven’t been doing much spiritual preparation. I’ve been buying gifts, decorating my house, planning my Christmas eve outfit, cleaning my home – all in preparation for Christmas. But maybe I should be putting that work in for my spiritual life, too.
My pastor spoke to this last Sunday, saying there are things we can do to prepare. We do these things to open our hearts up to experience God’s love. Not to earn His love, because that’s a free gift, but to prepare a place for the King to thrive within our hearts. It’s “prenatal care”, as he would say. Mothers spend nine months making room and preparing for their little bundle of joy to arrive so it has the best atmosphere to thrive in. So it is the same for us – only we’re making room for a bundle of joy that came 2,000 years ago.
I’m not sure what this means for me quite yet. Maybe it means letting go of bitterness towards friends. Maybe it means finally letting go of things I can’t control. Maybe it means allowing longer devotional time in the morning to allow His word to sink in better. Or maybe it simply means reflecting on the Christmas story and keeping that the center of this season.
One thing is for sure – I want to prepare my heart, allowing it to be more open to Christ and creating a atmosphere for Him to work and thrive. I want his Spirit to swirl around and encompass every crevice. I’ll admit, that’s not always my desire, but I know that’s the deep longing of my soul and that’s how it’s meant to be. So if that means vacuuming up the junk that’s getting in the way, then so be it.
Love you guys,