It's another busy week in the Walker household as we prepare for our eldest, Dave's daughter, to move in for a season while she studies. The last eight months have seen us go from a household of four, to five, and now six - and I should mention our couch is in regular use by extended family who have moved out of town, but are frequently 'in town' needing a place to crash! We joke that we should just hang a sign over the door saying 'Walker Inn' - I've taken to saying that there's been Full House, Fuller House so why don't we pitch for The Fullest House!
All this change means I'm busy making room - cleaning, clearing, reconfiguring sleeping arrangements (I think Lucas is quite happy to be moving in with mum!), ensuring that things are ready for when Des arrives this weekend. All of this 'making room' has coincided with Easter and it's had me thinking about how Jesus makes room for us.
How He makes room in His heart for our struggles
How He and the Father make room for us in their Home
When His heart and mind should have been preoccupied with His own imminent suffering, Jesus, ever-aware of the struggles His disciples faced spoke these words,
"Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in Me also."
The disciples were experiencing betrayal - someone they loved and trusted disappointing them; they were on the precipice of grief as they tried to wrap their heads around the fact that Jesus had just told them He wouldn't be with them much longer, and Peter - Peter was having to come to terms with his own shortcomings as Jesus told him that that very night he would deny Him not once, but three times! Disappointment, grief, failure - sound familiar?
In the midst of His own troubles, Jesus made room in His heart for His followers and spoke words of comfort and truth to them. He assured them that just as they had spent their lives trusting the Father who they had not seen, that they would still be able to trust Him - even when they could no longer see Him.
And He speaks the same words of comfort to us now, makes room in His heart for our struggles and whispers - trust Me, I'm still with you. And not only that, I've prepared a place for you!
"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?"
As Jesus went to the Cross He was preparing the way; removing every last obstacle and making it possible for us to occupy our room in the Father's house. How blessed are we that God brings us into His home, welcomes us as family! And unlike our little house - which is well and truly at capacity - the Father does not run out of room or resources. He has more than enough room for us all!
Jesus laid down His very life to make room for us. The question now is will we make room for Him?
When troubles come will we make room for trust?
When we're struggling to know the way forward will we make room for His Spirit to teach us?
When we feel afraid will we make room for His peace?
"But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Whatever troubles you face today, Jesus cares about them. And He doesn't want you to face them alone - He wants you to stick close to Him; to experience His comfort and peace.
He's made room for us to do this journey with Him.
Live today with purpose,
If you want to hear more about how Jesus comforts us in our troubles, have a listen to my recent message, 'Comforted' here.
One of my favourite pass-times as a kid was writing. I used to make my own books and write poetry on our old type-writer. Thankfully both my writing and technology have come a long way!
It is my prayer that these posts from both myself and guest contributors encourage you to embrace the season that you are in and to live it with purpose for God's glory.
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