Make Room

Today’s devotional was written by my son, Clark Wrather, who is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. (Clark has been the pastor of First Baptist Church of Yukon, Oklahoma since June 2012. He was at Broken Bow for 12 years before being called to Yukon.)


And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was NO ROOM for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33.

Thankfully, most of you guys have never seen my garage. Let me confess, I am not one of those people who keeps their garage in perfect order with their tools lined up on the wall in alphabetical order. I just order my things into haphazard piles of stuff and more stuff.

Libby calls me a pack-rat because I never throw anything away. I call her a memory-trasher because she throws everything away. I guess opposites really do attract….

I have noticed something interesting about myself. The things that I value the highest and are most important to me get to stay in the garage. The things that are not so important get lodged in the storage building in my backyard.

From time to time I have to make adjustments in the junk in my garage to fit something new or more important inside. Over a year ago God blessed me with a boat and I had to clean out one side of the garage to accommodate it. I had to make some hard painful decisions about moving some of my things to the garage and even…*gasp*…throwing some of them away.

Eventually, the boat was able to fit, but in just a few months, the Lord blessed me with a motorcycle. I felt that it rated the garage (I don’t think my wife agreed with me on that… you know opposites attract) and I went through another round of organizing my junk.

Now, just a few weeks ago, we bought a Nerd-Wagon (mini-van). It would not fit in the garage under the current arrangement so I had to organize it once again. Eventually, the motorcycle went in the boat’s place and the boat got a shady spot in the backyard.

It’s interesting how we make room for things that are important to us. This is true in our garage, our day planner, and our heart. If you put your life under the microscope for the last several weeks, what would it show was the most important thing to you? Would God have that nice spot in the garage or would He be out in the storage building?

Make room for those important things in life by remembering God is the most important thing.

(Making room for the important things in life)

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