Finding God in the Ordinary!
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8
It was an ordinary night. In fact, if it hadn’t been for a God who loves to put ‘extra’ before ‘ordinary,’ it might have gone unnoticed. One minute the shepherds are sleeping, the next they’re rubbing their eyes, staring at an extra-terrestrial being who says, ‘‘I bring you good tidings of great joy, unto you is born a Savior’’ (Luke 2:10-11). A Savior – just what we needed, right? Ever wondered why the angel appeared to ordinary people? Think about it; if he’d appeared to theologians, they’d have had to consult their dusty commentaries and denominational boards. If he’d appeared to celebrities, they’d have had to check and see who was watching. If he’d appeared to jet-setting executives, they’d have had to look at their smartphone and spread sheets. So he gave the news to a bunch of guys with no reputation to protect, no axe to grind, no ladder to climb – men who didn’t know enough to argue that angels don’t serenade shepherds, and messiahs aren’t found wrapped in rags in a feeding trough! In Bethlehem, there’s a cathedral marking Jesus’ birthplace. Behind the altar is a cave with a symbolic star embedded in the floor. You can enter and admire the ancient church. You can also enter the cave – but with one requirement: you must bow down. The door is too low to get in standing upright. The same is true of Jesus. He’s generally found among the commonplace. To experience Him, all you have to do is get down on your knees!
Heavenly Father, thank You for coming to the ordinary people, like me. Let me adore You today and every day, keeping the focus on You – the reason for CHRISTmas. In Jesus’ Name, Amen