Shepherds—in the Field, Making Tracks

Christmas Travelers

8shepherdsThere they were, minding their own business (which was sheep) and the most astounding event in their shepherding career burst upon them. Never had they imagined an angel visitation, much less a host of worshiping angels. How astounding was that sight, that sound on an otherwise routine night? What they saw and heard was like nothing they ever experienced or would experience again.

After telling the terrified shepherds to not fear and then sharing the secret of the ages, the angel added this caveat, “You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” He didn’t have to say, “Go.” Of course they would go! Wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t I?

But I wonder if I would go now, today. Would I check my calendar? Would I schedule a visit? Would I go before I bought a gift? Maybe I should pray about it first.

How much do I miss by checking things out, preparing, scheduling, getting ready? The shepherds didn’t pause. They said, “Let’s go…”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (Luke 2:15-18)

They went—actually, they hurried. They found Jesus. They spread the word. And those who heard it were amazed!

Like those simple men on the Judean hills, let’s not complicate our response but hasten to discover truth and spread the word.

We have a thrilling Christmas message—let’s hurry off and amaze some people, today.