A restless night.
A worried mind.
Awaken to focused prayer and readings.
As I click on the appropriate day for my reading, the app tells me “it’s not available yet”. I go to the previous day which was undone and not accounted for in my daily prayer time. As I listen, I smile, because I know why it was missed and the day’s reading for today was not available.
Luke 2.22-40 tells the story of Simeon and Anna’s experience of infant Jesus in the temple during purification and the presenting of the precious baby, Jesus.
As my prayer time unfolded, God reminded me of His timing, His grace, and my questioning. Both Simeon and Anna were awaiting the coming of Jesus. Long, drawn out, frustrating years of anticipation, and, then, in a single moment, when Mary and Joseph show up with Jesus, their longings were fulfilled. God uses Simeon to speak promises into the lives of Mary and Joseph. He uses Anna to proclaim the gospel! The speaker challenges me “to have courage to share your experiences with others”. Thank you God. It is okay to be here in this moment with others and share my heart. I don’t need to feel imperfect or take back words spoken that honor you and your work in my life.
“Imagine yourself holding the infant Jesus.
What does he feel like? What do you want to say to him? Say it now…” Pray as you go app, 2/2/2021
“Thank you God for sending Jesus. Oh Jesus, how will you handle this world in your humbled and weakened state?”
My mind processed what I would say, and the words above were spoken. I realized the answer was not only written in the greatest love story ever told but also is the answer to my aching and wondering of longings unfilled.
The prophetess Anna had the courage to speak this truth to those who would listen. She was prayed up and ready to experience the fulfillment and to speak life to others. She lived her life believing that God’s ways and mysteries can be trusted no matter what is going on in the world around me at the moment. How do you receive this message of truth and faith in your life?
Cantata #82 Bach was written in honor of Simeon’s experience and still rings true for us today. Read these words and embrace hope.
It is enough.
I have held the Savior, the hope of all peoples,
In the warm embrace of my arms.
It is enough.
I have seen him,
My faith has impressed Jesus on my heart;
Now I wish this very day
To depart from here with joy.
It is enough.
My one consolation is this:
That I am Jesus’ beloved and he is mine.
In faith, I hold him.
For in Simeon, I already see
The joy of life to come.
Let us go forth with Simeon!
May your longings draw you close to God as you put your faith in Him alone. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow.