Luke 2:8-9 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Sometimes we miss the little things. The problem is that it’s the details that help us to really appreciate the story. Take the shepherds, they weren’t watching TV, they weren’t resting, they were working – they were keeping watch over their flock. Its an important time to keep watch, the predators are looking for a meal, or something could spook the sheep so that they run in the dark, which is a good way to get hurt. But the funny things is, that when the shepherds hear the good news of great joy – we do not hear a discussion about….
Who’s going to watch the sheep?
How will we find our way in the dark?
No doubt or questioning arise in their minds, and there is a unanimous decision – come let us go to Bethlehem, to see this thing which the Lord has made known to us – and they went with haste….
Its an example of the child like faith, trusting faith, that believes the promises of God. We know it wasn’t that they were brave – for we know when they saw the angel they were terrified – but the good news was so compelling they went in haste.
Its dark, your miles from anywhere in the hills, there are no flashlights, no lanterns – how are you going to find the way? It doesn’t seem to be a question that is asked, for if God brings them good news, God will also show them the way.
There’s a song the children sing, this little gospel light of mine – seems when we are children we are not afraid to let a gospel light shine – but somewhere along the way, a doubt creeps into our minds, and we begin to ask, what’s one candle against a world of darkness –who will ever notice if perhaps we don’t shine, it we wait till later, if we wait for someone else.
God puts the light of faith in us for a reason, just as God told the shepherds for a reason, for when they shepherds saw, the told everyone what the lord had made known to them – they passed on that light, to enlighten the world – and this is what we have been called to do as well.