My parents have a massive bedroom that runs the length of their garage, ending in a large bay window that lets in the light. It’s a large and inviting space for us to gather and open Christmas presents.
This room is also where my nieces sleep on pallets laid out on the floor at night and where they play hard during the day.
The combination of bedding, little girls, and Christmas eruption of toys created a place that required a mine sweep before taking a walk through. The night before we were supposed to leave I boxed up our presents that were still taking up a corner of the room. I went downstairs and asked Matt to come carry the heavy stuff, but as he came up behind me my feet had to sweep a path through the debris of little girl toys.
I had to make a way for him to get through.
We have to make a path for God, too. It’s not a foot sweep of leftover Christmas loot but of something else.
The Lord says:
“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23 NIV)
This is what we want more than anything –to see the salvation of God.
To see salvation from addictions and inner turmoil.
To see salvation from brokenness and shame.
To see salvation from lies and mental traps.
What is it that litters the ground between us and salvation? Complaining. Like the Israelites who so badly wanted a better life but never experienced it.
“In the desert the whole community grumbled…” (Exodus 16:2 NIV)
My daughter is getting married in May. (Pause. Gasp. I’m okay.) We’ve spent many hours with notebooks in hand, planning every detail. I asked if she wanted an aisle runner.
I had a runner at my wedding –a perfect length of clean, white cloth to walk in on.
We need to clear the grumbling and purposefully lay out a runner of thankfulness to honor the king. Then we will see his salvation.
What are you thankful for today?