Book: Proverbs 13
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Waiting can be a tough process to go through. There can be that sense that it seems it will never happen. Questions start to come into our thoughts like, “why can’t it happen now?” or “why is it taking so long?” or even “is it actually going to happen?”
Simeon had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would see the Lord’s Christ but he had to wait. I am sure each day he wondered if this would be the day that he would see the Christ. Some days he probably felt like he could hardly wait any longer. He had hope but his hope was based on God and what He had told him. When the day arrived and the Holy Spirit prompted him to go to the temple courts, his dream was fulfilled. Luke 2: 28-31 says, “Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people.’” The fulfillment of Simeon’s hope brought him peace and he praised God. I can imagine that Simeon probably had a little bit of a dance to his step as he left the temple area that day. He probably felt ten years younger than he did a few hours earlier. There is a strange dichotomy here with Simeon as his hope fulfilled brought him much joy and life but also prepared him to die.
There have been times that I have been on a long ministry trip without my wife and family. As the trip is coming to an end I look forward to seeing them. Sometimes I have even dreamed of ways to get home quicker. Then something happens like the plane is delayed, the ferry is full or something else gets in the way and I end up having to wait longer. Yes, I get disappointed as I want to see my family. A strange thing happens though, as soon as I arrive home and am with my wife and kids the disappointment is gone. I feel like I have been given a new life.
There are times that we have to hope and wait. Giving up doesn’t do any good but committing it to the Lord and receiving His comfort gives us the strength to carry on. Then when the time comes for the fulfillment we can praise the Lord like Simeon and enjoy the boost of life it brings.
You may feel like the first part of this proverb, “hope deferred”. I encourage you to not stop looking forward. Allow God to walk with you through it. Don’t give up but rather give it to God. When the fulfillment comes, remember to praise Him!