One of my favorite stories of hope during the Advent season and Christmas is the story of Simeon. The Holy Spirit told Simeon in Luke 2 that he would see the Messiah in his lifetime. We don’t always know all the details, but as I think of Simeon’s story, I imagine him as a young man who received this big vision!
When you see a big vision in your life, you will see it twice. The first time, it is only in your imagination. But the second time you see it is when it is fulfilled and you’re holding it in your arms. Simeon’s life went on after receiving this first vision. Maybe he married, had children and grandchildren, worked, and retired, but he kept this hope in his heart that he would see the Messiah one day. Finally, as an old man, the Holy Spirit spoke to Simeon again and told him the Messiah had arrived and to go into the temple. Simeon rushed in, perhaps looking for some great rabbi or prophet, but the Holy Spirit led him to a baby!
Friend, Simeon actually experienced the second vision as he held the baby Jesus. This is what we call hope! Simeon then said, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation.” Seeing, experiencing, or feeling something so incredible in life is a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? The Holy Spirit will allow you to see your vision come true, so don’t lose hope!