Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
If you have been struggling with God over changes coming like unwelcome visitors into your life then remember that sheep have to be kept moving. If sheep graze too long in a single pasture it will become overgrazed and die. In the same way God is always drawing us out of our comfort zones (those green pastures of yesterday) and leading us to what may seem difficult and unnecessary. “Why can’t He just let us rest here for a little longer?” we ask. But God is always our Good Shepherd. He is our Good Shepherd both when we lie down in green pastures as well as when He leads us on to new and far off places!
Prepare for change. He has new green pastures for us to lie down in today if we will trust Him with all our hearts.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid
I often think of the moment before the angels appeared. The sky was dark and the shepherds drowsily watched their flocks of sheep, straining to see in the darkness any movement of anything at all unusual. The sheep were not just their responsibility, they were their life. But until the moment the angels appeared, everything seemed as dull and ordinary on that hillside outside of the village. Crickets chirped and the wind gently rustled the branches in the olive groves. Then in an instant a light began to break out in the dark sky and the glory of the Lord shone in the darkness. Today the Lord’s glory is still breaking out in dark and unlikely places. Rather than being a fragile tradition that we struggle to preserve in this secular society, Christmas is an astonishingly powerful light that has continued to pierce the darkness no matter the odds for more than 2000 years.