The prophet Isaiah writes “Enlarge the space for your tent, spread out your tent cloths unsparingly; lengthen your ropes and make firm your stakes” (54:2). These words give encouragement to the Israelites to continue living the covenant with the God whose love “shall never leave you” (54:10). Although I’ve never camped in a tent, I imagine that widening the space would be welcomed, giving more wiggle room or space for a visitor. Our hearts can be tents. Can we widen the space in our hearts for a neighbor, a relative, a coworker, the persons we pass during our day? Of course, it isn’t easy to pull up stakes, but it’s something we’d need to do whether needing an inch or a yard.
It’s not easy to move our hearts over when they already seem full. Yet with God’s grace and our willingness to sacrifice it’s possible. Our abundant God is always ready to increase our heart (tent) capacity. How might you move your tent posts today? Who or what may be waiting to come in?