And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior is born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God saying,“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests”.
When you were a child, did you spread your arms wide; tilt your head back up to the sky, and spin round and round really fast? The world becoming a blinding blur as you laughed in dizzy abandon. In child’s play, all that matters is the moment: and falling is half the fun.
A wide eyed figure skater will complete a dazzling spin balanced on thin blades. But eyes closed in fear will see the moment lost. Likewise, an earthly pursuit of lasting happiness could see us spinning out of control. If we are not careful, if our eyes are not open and focused on something still: we can miss the signs of trouble ahead. We lose our balance; and we can’t see we are about to fall.
Happiness is a dependent and fleeting emotion. Those moments of heart-racing euphoria can be lost or stolen, as quickly as the moment has passed. But when our eyes are firmly fixed on the promises of God, than we realize that true joy, can only reside deep inside a heart where the Saviour dwells. Only then can we experience a greater joy that persists beyond our present circumstances.