I joined the Wooster running group tonight for a nice group run. It is always fun to hang out with fellow runners and go for a little jaunt around town.
Tonight I ran with fellow #5kMay2018 participant, Mark Rowe. Mark is preparing to run his first marathon this weekend. We ended up running 8 miles at an 8:15 pace for a total run time of 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 23 seconds. It was a nice run!
Sometimes when I tend to notice odd things. Occasionally, when I am reading scripture, the most random things will stand out to me. That happened to me today while reading Luke 2-4. This is the passage that stood out to me:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13–14, ESV)
That doesn’t seem too odd, right? Well, it wasn’t exactly the full passage that stood out. It was actually the word “suddenly”.
Imagine it! Imagine that you are a shepherd, and you have just been faithfully tending your flock for the larger part of your entire life. Your parents were probably shepherds. In fact, your parents’ parents’ parents’ were probably shepherds. You have probably grown quite used to the way things are, and then suddenly everything is different!
One moment you are on a lonely hillside… just you and your co-shepherds and your flock. Now, suddenly, you are surrounded by a multitude of angels!
Can you see it?!
It is amazing how everything can change in the blink of an eye. And yet, at the very same time, nothing changed.
God was still God. Yes, the angels appeared suddenly, but their existence is a constant reality.
This truth runs parallel with the very birth that the angels appeared to proclaim. In a sense, everything suddenly changed with the birth of Christ! In another sense, nothing changed. God’s plan to redeem mankind was put forth from before the foundation of the earth.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him… (Ephesians 1:3–4, ESV)
Probably the best way to understand what happened to the shepherds on that amazing night is that they suddenly became aware of the reality that always existed. That is what I want, too. I want to become more and more aware of the work of God in my life and in the world. I want to give Him glory and praise today, just as the heavenly hosts are doing right this moment -whether I am able to suddenly see them or not.
*5k Every Day in the Month of May 2018 is brought to you by Jeff Polen Music and Vertical Runner of Wooster. If you are joining the fun, don’t forget about the Facebook group, the Strava group, and the printable PDF.