He was no spring chicken, but he was especially good at one thing: waiting. Waiting is not a team sport, it is not a popular pastime, it is an act of obedience. Waiting is standing by, biding one’s time, holding on, hanging around, sitting tight even when you cannot see what you are anticipating. At the end of his life, we can imagine the man named Simeon getting up every morning, wondering if this would be his last day on this earth, the day when he would see the Messiah.
Maybe he was hunched over with age, his vision was bleary and his hearing was muted, but his waiting skills were fine tuned. Simenon enter the narrative of Luke 2 and is not mentioned before or again in the Bible, but God positioned this man in the Temple for a holy appointment, the dedication of Jesus. God delights to use people the world thinks of as nobodies and age is of no consequence to the God of eternity. In the crowd of humanity, frail and elderly Simeon was chosen to hold and bless the eight day old King of the Universe. “And it had been revealed to him (Simeon) by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”
You can hear the joy in his voice when he holds the Christ in his arms and blesses God. All his waiting was not a mistake; it was a divine appointment with God. There is a song which totally fits Simeon’s experience of waiting and is the biblical mindset when God puts the brakes on our plans and says, “Wait.”
God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot see His hand, we must trust His heart.C.H. Spurgeon
You may further benefit by listening to the recording of this song