Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake, tell what we know, we must try to speak of His love…I can do no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still, by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high, shining love of God, someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look and have hope.” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
There is a short account in Luke 2 of a few shepherds, I have found a message that, perhaps, is often over looked. They were sheep-herders living out their ordinary lives, in obscurity working in the fields, watching over their flocks. God met them where they were, in their little corner of the world. He sent angels to tell shepherds the greatest message the world will ever hear — love came down.
“Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love — through Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:5 MSG)
And the shepherds didn’t keep silent, but told what they knew, and all that heard it marveled at the wonder that is God.
On Valentine’s Day, I wonder, should I be mentioning a story that is mostly themed for Christmas? But, I believe this is greatest love story ever written, even greater than Anna and Bates, and we are story tellers of it. For this story is told in each of our own lives as God has chosen us to write the story of His redeeming love in and through us so the world might know — love came down.
And what do shepherds have to do with us bloggers?
When I think about God sending His heavenly host to ordinary sheep herders to declare to them the greatest announcement the world has ever known so they can be carriers of His message, carriers of His love, I can believe He’s chosen me, too, no matter how small or ordinary I might be. And He’s chosen you.
And the message He’s given us isn’t to keep for ourselves, for God’s love is not a secret to be kept. And how He has created us to reflect His love is unique to us all, our call tailer made for us. What you do, why you do it, where you do it, and how you do it in your corner of the blogging world, is unique to you.
“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.” (1 Cor 12:7 MSG)
And God is Love.
As you carry on about your day in your seemingly small corner of the world wide web, you may be holding the greatest message that the world has ever heard. If you keep silent or try to be anything other than who God created you to be, the world will not get to see that facet of the love of God has uniquely chosen for you to display.
So, no matter if you design, cook, capture images, dress, mother, show and tell, and write your stories of your everyday ordinary — He chose you to be a carrier of His love. Yes, my friend, He chose you. You may feel like you are attempting to grasp impossibly high up at the stars. When you do, stretch your heart toward the high, shining love of God. As you indicate the direction one might look to see it, someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look and have hope.