And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Luke 2:8-9 (NIV)
These men stood their posts watching the flocks, and God brought the new movement to them. We all have certain responsibilities. My post is watching after my children and meeting their needs. I want to know what God is doing and be part of His next movement. I cannot just leave my children, but God can bring the next move to me. God wants to take care of responsibilities, be part of what He is doing on the earth, and see His glory. Stand your post and be amazed what God can do right where you are.
While we are standing our post, let's pay attention. When I think of the angels appearing to the shepherds, I think of the sky glowing and the multitudes of angels filling the night. However from these verses, it seems that at first there was only one angel. He may have looked like a person just standing in the field. The shepherds could have missed him. Had they not acknowledged the first angel, would the others have appeared? I don't know, but I do know we can miss God's glory. Every day we can see God's glory, if we pay attention. If we do not pay attention to the everyday sightings of God's glory, I don't know if we will see the big and miraculous. Let's stop and look for God at work in our everyday lives, so we are ready to see the big moves when they happen.
I want to be the type of person that is part of God's next move. The type of person who sees God's glory. The type of person who follows the example of the shepherds. Do you? Then, what are you doing? Are you standing your post and paying attention?
Tomorrow's reading is Luke 2:10-12