Feeling Ordinary and Insignificant? The Shepherds Did

There’s not much glory when it comes to being a shepherd. Interesting, then, that  “an angel of the Lord appeared to [the shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified … suddenly a great host appeared (Luke 2:9 and 13, emphasis mine).

Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary simply defines shepherds as “keeper of the sheep” (p. 1484).  A simple definition for a simple position.  What was it really that simple?  Perhaps in name and in the socioeconomic status of the day, but look at their responsibilities:

– Protecting

– Guarding

– Carrying the weak

– Feeding

– Keeping watch … at night

Day in and day out.  Mundane.  Over and over again.  No break from the routine.  No deep sleep for them while the rest of the world slept soundly. Their responsibilities remained the same from one rising sun to the next.

I wonder what they were thinking on the night the angel appeared…

It’s just another day”…

“Does anyone notice what I’m doing?”….

Does anyone care what my day in and day out routine looks like?”…

My responsibilities are wearing me out, but appear insignificant to others”…

I’m fearful”…

There’s no rest for me, even in the “night” of this season”…

Whatever responsibilities are unique to you in this “night” of your soul, your significance is unmatched.  There is no tangible measure for how you are guarding, protecting, tending, and caring for the weak.

I truly believe that God’s sweet goodness to these “simple” men was a heavenly display that was anything but.  Not one angel, but a host!

Do you need reassurance this Christmas season for whatever tasks appear to be insignificant? Do not be terrified.  You may not see it, but in what appears to be the mundane and ordinary routine of daily life, a heavenly host appears around you and notices every detail that you keep watch over.

And that’s not simple at all.


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