A couple of shepherds are sitting on a knoll overlooking the field where there sheep were sleeping. Can you see them?
One is laying on his back gazing at the stars. The other is sitting by a small fire that he built, twirling a stick in the embers and watching the sparks.
Suddenly a man is there! Where did he come from? They both scramble to their feet.
"Don't be afraid," the man says. And now there is light all around him as if he is standing in the daylight.
He tells them the most unbelievable thing. They look at each other. And then there are many men, more than many. There is a crowd, no a multitude, and they are singing, praising God.
And then they were gone.
"What in the world was that?" They ask each other.
"Let's go see." They both said.
So they hurry. They leave their flocks. As they get nearer, they run faster, each trying to get there first. And they rush in a stumble through the opening, and there, over there He is. It is just like the Angels had said.
They tell Joseph and Mary about the angels, they tell everyone! And everyone was talking. "Could this be true?" Someone asked.
Mary smiles, "oh yes, yes, it is true." She thinks in her heart. "I am holding the Child of God in my arms."
And the shepherds went back.
They went back.
They returned to their business. But their lives were changed! Oh were they ever!
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. (Luke 2:8-20 NASB)
Lord, help me to remember that I, too have encountered You.
Me, of all people. Who am I that You would care to love me enough to send that Baby? Oh Lord, help me, like the shepherds run through the streets to meet You and then tell everyone else all about You too.