“Let the stable still astonish:
Straw-dirt floor, dull eyes,
Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
Crumbling, crooked walls;
No bed to carry that pain,
And then, the child,
Rag-wrapped, laid to cry
In a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said:
“Yes, Let the God of all the heavens and earth
Be born here, in this place”?
Who but the same God
Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms of our hearts and says,
“Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth be born here– in this place.”
Leslie Leyland Fields (from Let the Stable Still Astonish)
That still amazes me. That God would choose the dark, foul rooms of my own heart to be born in blows my mind just as much as God coming to a poor teenage girl wedded to a poor carpenter who chose a stable for the delivery of their firstborn.
That is the ultimate gift of Christmas. Nothing under the tree compares to what’s in your and my hearts in the form of Emmanuel, God with us.
That is the ultimate offer. God wants to be born in you. Jesus wants to dwell in you and live through you and make you like Him.
He doesn’t require you to get your rooms in order, perfectly clean, to move in. All He needs is your availability. All He needs is your Yes to move in. Then He will change everything.