And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. Luke 2: 8-9
“I can’t breathe, Dad.” In the middle of the night, the faint whisper sent a chill through me. I shrugged, as if in the middle of a dream. A pint-sized hand slapped across my chest and forced open my eyelids.
“Dad, I can’t breathe.”
Tears dampened Josh’s deep red face and panic gripped my wife. “He’s already had a treatment. We need to get him to the hospital. Our baby can’t breathe.”
I grabbed a pair of sweats and the closest shirt I could find. Slamming my way through the dark house, I fumbled for the truck keys. Renee brought our youngest to me, wrapped up like a deflated present. Realization struck: my son was going to die.
The shepherds were afraid for a different reason. They were on high alert, protecting their precious sheep, yet these wilderness trained professionals never heard the angel coming. And like a dream where a tense situation forces a reaction, the shepherds found themselves frozen and filled with fear — great fear.
My shaking hand turned the key and the truck roared to life. The air was cold and damp and I buckled my youngest child, swaddling him into his car seat.
“I’ll be okay, Dad.” His whisper was all I needed.
After three hours and a shot in the butt that caused more tears than his lack of air, Josh’s breathing improved. As I re-wrapped my son in his blanket for the trip home, the nurse reminded me what day it was: “Oh, Merry Christmas.”
I was scared beyond measure on that Christmas morning, but I’d received the greatest gift — trust. The Father is in control, although we may not realize it in the heat of the moment. When we trust in Him, fear is replaced with faith. When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
The shepherds were led courageously to Christ; so shall all those He leads through faith. Trust in Him. All things are possible through Christ . . . just look at the baby in the manger and see.
Scott McCausey lives smack dab in the middle of the Michigan mitten. He has been married to Renee for eighteen years and they home educate their five children. He has worked as a laboratory manager for over twenty years and enjoys his new role as host of the famous blog talk radio show, Christian Devotions Speak UP!