A man and his pregnant wife wearily approached a well lit inn.
“Perhaps there will be room here,” the man’s wife, Mary, sighed.
“Please, sir,” the man, Joseph, asked, knocking on the door. “Do you have room for me and my wife? She is pregnant and about to give birth.”
The innkeeper sighed. “Can’t you see the sign? It says, ‘NO VACANCY!’”
Joseph looked to his left side and sure enough, staked hard on the ground held, the words screamed what the innkeeper indicated. Joseph sighed. This was the last inn in Bethlehem, and it was almost time for Mary to give birth to the promised child.
“But sir, there must be some room, I am desperate,” Joseph begged.
“Well,” the innkeeper thought for a moment. “Well, I do have a stable back here. I hope your wife doesn’t mind giving birth with the horses and cows.”
He gave a hearty laugh as he grabbed the dirty lamp by the door to lead the poor couple. “It should be around here.”
A rotting stable door creaked open as Joseph led his wife and the braying donkey into the smelly barn.
Perhaps this was how it was when Jesus was born. In a lowly manger, where all the cows and horses and donkeys of the travelers at the inn had left. Can you imagine the many animals there were that night, with all those people?
Don’t you think it was sad that the innkeeper was not ready for Jesus?
Maybe you do not feel ready for Jesus to come. Maybe you feel distracted from what is important. Maybe your life is filled with the things you love or hate alike, and therefore, you do not find enough room.
God is ready for them to open the doors of their hearts. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus tells us, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come to him, and dine with him, and he with me.”