In the area where I live, a fair bit of snow fell yesterday. The amount varied from place to place, but it was what Environment Canada would deem to be a significant snowfall.
And the roads were treacherous.
Mid-afternoon, a good friend called from his car. He was trying to get home, but was sitting in dead-stopped traffic just a few kilometres from our house. The snow was still falling vigorously. Could he seek refuge at our place for a bit? Of course!
Now, our house never looks like a museum. It’s definitely lived in. Sometimes it’s in worse condition than others; yesterday’s condition wasn’t bad, but I suppose that being ready for spur-of-the-moment company is not always Our Thing. But a friend in need is a friend indeed, as the saying goes, so we didn’t hesitate to welcome him.
But while he crawled his way to our place, there was a bit of frantic tidying up done, including preparing the spare bedroom – just in case.
As it turns out, the weather and roads were sufficiently poor that the “just in case” spare bedroom was needed, and we were glad to offer it to him…along with a new toothbrush recently acquired from a trip to the dentist. (After all, he had not planned on sleeping anywhere but his home!)
He crept out of the house at first light, and, I trust, made it home safely this morning.
For me, the moral of the story is that you don’t have to have everything “together” for unexpected company to feel welcome.
In the same way that you don’t have to have everything “together” to welcome guests in your home, you don’t have to have everything “together” to welcome Jesus into your heart.
So many people talk about how they’ll engage in a relationship with God, or go to church, or join a small group, when they have everything “together”. Yet, how often that time never comes! The great news is that you don’t have to have it all together to welcome Jesus into your life. In fact, he wants to be in relationship with you before your Stuff is “together”. It’s in living life with Jesus that our lives can be “together”.
Don’t wait. You’ll never think you’re ready enough. But Jesus is ready.
“You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return – in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!” (Mark 13.35-37, NLT).