Shepherds Abiding

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“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:8

On a majestic mountain, in the high altitude of Tibetan terrain, I was blessed to see shepherds and a shepherdess, watching over their sheep.  As if it were yesterday; I can still see the rays of sun brightly glistening on the nearby yellow canola fields.  It was breathtaking! I remember breathing in the fresh air and thinking, if these people don’t praise Him, even the rocks will cry out.

We decided to walk down closer to the wrinkled, weathered old shepherdess.   She looked as if she had seen a ghost.  Turns out, she had never seen a white person and really believed she was seeing several aboritions;  six lily white Americans.

Inside her tent; was a pot bellied stove, not only to keep her warm but also used to cook her meals. There was a cot, covered with blankets and a few other incidentals.  Talk about modest living.  This was her only dwelling place.

Nearby these fields, is the largest buddhist monastery in the whole world.  I witnessed deception in it’s highest form, as I observed the buddhist high priest, leading the Tibetan monks in a very loud, evil chant.  It echoed through the surrounding mountains and I’m certain; this horrible, gutteral chanting, reverberated into the soul of the Tibetan shepherds.

What a stark contrast; to the Biblical shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.  The glory of the Lord, gleaming in their field, made them shake in their shepherd sandals.  Unlike the Tibetan shepherdess, who had grown accustomed to chanting of the monks; these shepherds were unaccustomed to having angels appear, to accompany them in their shepherding duties.

The angel’s first words were, “Fear not!”  Their shepherd’s ears were about to hear the best news ever told!  He was bringing good tidings of great joy, hope for every person who would ever be born!

These shepherds were “abiding”; doing their God ordained work, and suddenly they were hearing the best news ever told to any earthly man.  Almost instantly; they moved from fear, into praise and worship.  Isn’t our God amazing?  When we “abide” in Him; He will make Himself known to us. He will calm our fears and provide for us. Our Great Shepherd will speak amazing truth, to those who are abiding in Him.

Prayer in Motion:

Shepherd of my soul, thank You for abiding with me.  When I lift my eyes unto the hills, from where my help comes from, You come to dwell with me, in my earthly tent. I love you Lord!  I humble myself before You, the One in whom I dwell.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

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Libby Williams

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