I love when God transforms my ordinary into moments of glory! When I say ordinary, I speak of routine evenings after long hours of labor. I know my day is coming to a close when I mix the dry with the wet food and head to the barn to feed my creatures. And I always scan the stars.
But on a recent night, I caught sight of something spectacular in the night sky. The moon encircled by a hazy rainbow rendered me awe-struck.
Energy sparked in my spirit! The kind of energy that chases the weary away. The kind of wow that always creates and irresistible urge to do two things – bask in the wonder and share my experience.
I called to my husband, “Come see this!”
You know what he did? He wondered at it, too. We shared the experience together.
I couldn’t resist texting my daughter-in-love, “Can you see the moon?”
She replied, “Yes.”
“Does it still have the rainbow around it?”
She captured a picture and sent it my way. In a matter of moments – and with the aid of modern ways to communicate – my family created a shared experience of God’s glorious creation.
After a little research, I discovered that what we saw was a Lunar Corona. And when I read Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1-20) the next day, my moment of awe came to mind.
There is so much action in this part of the story of our Savior’s birth:
- The sudden appearance of “an angel of the Lord” who stood ahead of them. (Luke 2: 9)
- The mind-blowing message delivered by the angel. (Luke 2:10-13)
- The unexpected appearance of “the multitude of the heavenly host”. (Luke 2:13)
- The chorus of glory and peace sung by the hosts of heaven. (Luke 2:14)
- The shepherds’ witness of the angels’ return to heaven. (Luke 2:15)
That Lunar Corona helped me relate (in a minute but fantastic way) to the shepherds experience that night. Luke 2:15-18 drew my focus:
“15 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.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:15-18, NASB95)
Take time to consider the next moment in the shepherd’s experience that night.
There they were with all normality restored. The sky returned to its usual nightscape. The fields returned to their cloak of darkness. The shepherds were still shepherds, with one notable exception. What they did next tells me they were changed by their encounter with God’s messengers.
They were compelled tell one another that they would go and see the Savior (Luke 2:15), and just one verse later we read that they did. (Luke 2:16)
Note what the shepherds did next:
- “When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.” (Luke 2:17)
Consider the effect of the shepherds’ sharing their story:
- “And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:18)
Read how the shepherds returned to “life” as they knew it (or did they?):
- “The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.” (Luke 2:20)
I noticed one thing the angel didn’t tell the shepherds. Nowhere do we read that the angel told them what to do. I love this!
The shepherds didn’t go to Bethlehem to see the Savior because the angel told them to.
They didn’t tell their story because they felt obligated by a command.
Their story of God’s glory is what compelled them to tell.
Can you relate to the urge to share your experiences with others – in particular, your joyous God-moments?
Wrapped in this true and profound story of glory are rings of the ripple effect of sharing. The shepherds went to see the Savior. And finding Him to be just as the “angel of the Lord” decreed inspired them.
Can’t you just see them bursting to tell their story – their unbelievable story of how they found the Savior?! Do you think anyone anywhere could have talked them into doubting what they knew to be true? Can you see the ripples that began because they chose to share?
Isn’t that what God asks of us? That we simply share the extraordinary things He has done in each life?
Seeing that rainbow around the moon was an exquisite moment of beauty. But knowing the One who created the moon as my Father? He’s the source of my awe.
Whether it’s on December 25th, or not, my prayer for you is to experience the awe of God with you in such a way that you are compelled to tell of His provision of our Savior and the glories of His love.
Have you ever experienced God in a way that compelled you to tell others?
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