The background events of the move of God can be long in the making, yet suddenly, the movement of God is moving others. The shepherds were doing their normal thing, working and watching, but then God moved in. An angel was appearing, the glory of God was shining, and the shepherds, now fearing, are wondering what it all means.
The angel brings joy, not fear, at the announcement of the Good News, the arrival of the Christ, and the army of the Lord sounds the praise of the ages, and peace to the people of God.
When the Lord reveals the hand of providence, when we hear His Word, we do well to follow His lead to the place of His purpose if we want to be included in it. Obedience to the prophetic vision is the key to blessing (Proverbs 29:18). In our obedience we see that God has indeed moved, and moved us. We see that God has been faithful to His Word; the message is as He has said. It is then that we can ponder and wonder at the meaning, and get our answers. Our testimony is a confirmation of His move to others already in the stream of events. Testimony is a cause for treasure, and a reciprocal praise among people of like precious faith (2 Peter 1:1).
The Move, the Message, the Meaning: do you ponder these things? Is the revelation of Christ to your life the treasure you seek? The stream of God’s blessing is always on the move. Our obedience to His vision is all it takes to get into the flow. The wonder of it all is that in the grace of Christ we are allowed to dive into the depths of God (2 Corinthians 13:14).