I fell in love with Ron Dicianni’s painting, “Simeon’s Moment” many years ago. My husband bought and framed a print for me and I sit opposite it every morning as I drink my coffee.
It never fails to touch my heart.
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation,and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered[b] the temple complex. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law, Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said:
You can dismiss Your slave in peace,
as You promised.
For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
You have prepared it
in the presence of all peoples—
a light for revelation to the Gentiles[c]
and glory to Your people Israel.
Luke 2: 25-32 HCSB
We don’t know how long Simeon had waited, how many times he had looked at a male child brought for dedication only to realize that he must still wait–but we know that Simeon returned to the temple because he trusted God’s promise.
Then one day, perhaps a day he thought would be like any other, THERE HE WAS–Messiah had come.
As he cradled Jesus in his arms, spoke prophecy over his baby head, Simeon’s faithful waiting was rewarded.
Yet even at that moment, Simeon did not receive the fullness of the promise–Jesus was yet a tiny child.
But the foretaste of God’s trustworthy love flooded his soul and he was able to say, “You can dismiss Your slave in peace,..for my eyes have seen Your salvation”.
Waiting is hard.
I miss Dominic and I long for the time when my family circle will be restored.
Sometimes the days drag on and it seems as if the promised light and redemption is far away.
But one day, perhaps a day that begins like any other, CHRIST WILL COME.
So until then, I will rest in the foretaste of God’s trustworthy love and wait faithfully for His appearing.