The Shepherd's Watched, Day 12
Reading, Luke 2:6-20
As Mary gave birth, the shepherds outside Bethlehem were doing what they had always done – keeping watch. With vigilance, they were scouting the area for predators that may come too near the sheep. They were manning their posts as they had been taught when God's plans and purposes intersected their lives, and it frightened them.
It can be frightening to fall into the hands of a living God, but the Lord was concerned for them, and the first words out of the angel's mouth were, "Do not be afraid." It was only after he consoled them that the good news of Christ's birth was proclaimed. In the darkness, when all they had to look forward to is the following dawn, their midnight hour was illuminated by the heavenly host, singing and praising God.
Perhaps you are in a season of faithful diligence, expecting nothing, experiencing the hills and valleys of midnight hours and glorious dawns. It can be terrifying when you are on the outskirts and alone. I reiterate, "Fear not." Perhaps you feel as though there is nothing good to celebrate. The Lord has good news for you! Christ the Lord was not only born but was crucified, died, buried, and rose again on the third day, so that resurrection life could saturate your life. He is ever-present in the highs and the lows. The gift of the Savior is yours to accept if you will go, like the shepherds, and seek Him. When you find Him, you can glorify and praise His Name and, like the shepherds, have a life-changing encounter that transforms even the darkest moments.