Messengers of Divine Births
by Tina Yeager
“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them”
(Luke 2:16-18, NIV).
Morning study, prayer, and meditation often plant a message into my soul. Led to put the inspiration into words, I rise and face the day’s tasks.
A chorus of earthly procrastinations creep in on me. Perhaps I’ll write in an hour. Maybe another day would bring out my best work, since I didn’t sleep well. After a host of interruptions and distractions, I reach the week’s end, promising to shift the piece of writing further down my calendar.
If I continue to listen to the wrong choir, I might miss the birth of a divine project.
Today’s scripture reading shares the inspiration brought to another set of message bearers. The Lord sent a glorious word to a group of shepherds. Not trained spokesmen, these commoners had every reason to delay their response to the heavenly choir. The business of tending their livelihood surrounded them. Fatigue weighed upon these herdsmen and traveling at night presented many risks in the ancient Middle East.
The shepherds ignored the host of reasons to stay in the fields and acted on faith. Overlooking the demands of their sheep, the journey’s risks, and possible ridicule, these untrained communicators shared the message granted to them from heaven. Because they followed through without delay, Christ’s story amazed “all who heard it.”
As a writer, I can learn from those illiterate Christmas shepherds. I hope to grow more like them by listening to the Spirit’s inspiration and taking immediate action. Instead of allowing distractions to keep me in the darkness, I want to pursue the birth of divine potential.
No longer waiting for “someday” to share an amazing message, I will start writing what God leads me to pen now.
Lord, thank you for equipping unlikely wordsmiths to share messages which amaze us. I am grateful for the gospel and its grace, which you brought to me through those who obeyed your prompting. May your Spirit continue to anoint me with words to share and inspire me to act in faith. And grow my motivation to respond right away. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Award-winning author, speaker, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She offers writing workshops through Serious Writer Academy, hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast, and is a mentor with Word Weavers International. Beautiful Warrior, her book on women’s esteem is available on Amazon. To connect with her, visit tinayeager.com.