Luke 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. ...15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
I wonder if the angel appeared to anyone else as well. I wonder if there were other people other places that missed out. These shepherds were willing to have their plans changed. Yes I am sure the moment with the angels was amazing, but they still had a choice. Imagine what they would have missed out on if they had decided to stay where they were. There were lots of reasons to stay, very rational reasons.
When God steps into our lives he always gives us a choice. The shepherds decided to "see this thing that has happened." We must be careful never to fall so comfortably into our current life and goals that we miss God completely when he tries to redirect us. We must be careful not to squeeze God into our little box, he may show up in a different way than you expected. How do you react when God changes your plans.
Do you think the angels made this announcement to others, or just those that we are told about? Do you think all the shepherds went?