And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 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
In the 1940s, the pastor of a tiny church in a rural town ordered a sign for their outdoor manger scene. The sign company was in another city, and needed to know the dimensions and wording of the sign. So for clarity purposes, the pastor decided to send a telegraph of the text and measurements of the sign.
The next day, a Western Union employee was going about her normal routine when she was shocked to see this message come across the wire: “For unto us a child is born. 8 feet long, 3 feet wide.”
What a surprise! But could you imagine the surprise of the shepherds in the fields so long ago on the night our Savior was born? Imagine just going about your normal daily routine when, all of a sudden, a figure in bright light appears and begins to speak to you. Then thousands of those figures fill the sky and begin chanting. Could you imagine the shepherds going home to their wives and having to answer the question, “How was work?”
But the reality and truth of Christmas is that God meets us in the ordinary of life. As we go about our days, God is intricately working in our lives and meets us in the mundane. Our job is simply to be open to His leading in our lives. So even in the ordinary of life, look to encounter God in a big way. Merry Christmas!
Ask God to reveal Himself to you in the ordinary moments of everyday life.
Questions for Thought
Why is it so easy to segment the “spiritual” from the “ordinary” in our lives? Do you think God sees those boundaries?
What might God say to you if you opened yourself up to hearing from Him every day?