Always Room For More

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

We took an unexpected trip back to Canada back in March. After waiting for two hours for the shuttle to arrive we finally got to the motel at 3 in the morning.  The interesting thing was all the people the driver packed into the van. People were going to various hotels near the airport. There were no more seats, but still he crammed them in there. People had to stand, sit on laps, sit on the floor at the feet of someone else. People were getting annoyed and angry. Commenting things in their frustration like, “can’t he see there’s no more room?  You mean, I have to stand? This isn’t safe! Oh my goodness! Does he want to me go in the back with the luggage?” People couldn’t believe that he continued to make stops to pick up more people when the van was already full.  I kept pretty quiet during all this but I was rolling my eyes on the inside.

I guess that kind of thing is not so common place in Canada.  But honestly the situation kind of made me feel at home and felt so very normal.   In Honduras there is always room for one more. For example, we have a Nissan Xterra. It seats 5, but we have often had nine or more in the car.  There have been many times where I have had to sit on someone’s lap. Usually it’s one of my kids who are now bigger than me. It’s totally ordinary to see a bus on the road with crowded aisles…or the back of pickups full of people.

The incident in Toronto reminded me of a song by Ira Stanphill that we used to sing in church when I was a child.

There’s room at the cross for you, there’s room at the cross for you…though millions have come, there’s still room for one, yes there’s room at the cross for you.

The thing with the Lord is that there is always room for one more.  His mercy.  His grace.  His forgiveness. It’s for everyone.  It is not exclusive. We don’t have to change, clean ourselves up or be a certain way just so that he will accept us. He loves just as we are. In our brokeness.  In our frailty. In our humanness. When we mess up.  He doesn’t love us more or less than anyone else. His love is for all people.  Forever.  Regardless of our faith. Regardless of our skin colour. He is a good, good Father. He doesn’t want any of us to perish.  He died so that we could live. That is love. When we come to Him and receive His love…He cleanses us.

1 John 1:9 But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive our sins because of Christ and he will continue to cleanse us from all Romans 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners. unrighteousness. (TPT)

Psalm 100: 5 For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

2 Peter 3: 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he isn’t being slow about his promise as some people think. No. He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed., but wants everyone to repent.

There is always, always room for one more. Who are you taking with you?

 

The cross upon which Jesus died

Is a shelter in which we can hide

And its grace so free is sufficient for me

And deep is its fountain as wide as the sea.

 

Chorus

There’s room at the cross for you

There’s room at the cross for you

Though millions have come, there’s still room for one

Yes there’s room at the cross for you.

 

Though millions have found him a friend

And have turned from the sins they have sinned

The Savior still waits to open the gates

And welcome a sinner before it’s too late.

Chorus

There’s room at the cross for you

There’s room at the cross for you

Though millions have come, there’s still room for one

Yes there’s room at the cross for you.

 

The hand of my Savior is strong

And the love of my Savior is long

Through sunshine or rain, through loss or in gain,

The blood flows from Calvary to cleanse every stain.

Yes there’s room at the cross for you.