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When Dreams Become Real

“Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.””

– Luke 2:28-32

Simeon has lingered, he has waited for this a very long time.  He had nights that had brought him dreams, wonderful dreams.  People who dream are different; they tend to visualize what seems to be intangible.  But they also can’t always get a grip on it.  Or explain it.  But when dreams mix with faith they produce incredible things.

Simeon is in the perfect place, at the exact time he needed to be.  When he arrives, the baby Jesus is right there.  Bringing our crazy, mixed lives to that spot sometimes takes a lifetime.  The Holy Spirit however, has ‘superintending power’.  That means that He will directly intervene in us to make things happen.

There is a baby.  And I submit to you that He is the center of this whole narrative.  Through the gospels, this is always the case.  Jesus Christ is the pivot point of every healing, or teaching, in every parable spoken.  It is also great drama when the dreams of a very old man encounter their fulfillment in this baby.

It is interesting (and frightening) to see our society marginalize people.  It seems that those on the ‘ends’ of society are pretty much forgotten.  The weak– the old, and the babies are pushed back.  Not much room for them.  Those in their 20s and 30s are our focus.  I think we need old men and old women, and littles ones to teach us our theology, and discipleship.

Notice that Simeon addresses God in this encounter.  We very quickly find that he is a believer.  His words come out of a worshipper’s heart.  They are plain and direct.  He loves what the Lord has done already, and he is soaked in the beautiful promises of salvation.  But, it’s just him and the baby Jesus at that moment.  They stand and reach up to God, but just for a moment.

A word about the Gentiles.  I think Simeon latches unto what was an obscure teaching in his day.  That the Gentiles, ‘God’s unchosen people’ will be included with the Chosen.  The promises extend out into the darkness–and these promises are luminescent.  They light everything.  This light is headed for the thickest, most dense night–the Gentiles.

A final word about Simeon.  His work is done, he has no fear at all.  He sees these few minutes with the Child as the ultimate culmination of his entire life.  He is an example for us.  And his understanding about the things of God is astonishing.  Father, help me to be like your servant, and watch over me as I struggle to figure it out.  Amen.

2 thoughts on “When Dreams Become Real”

  1. Thank you for this blog. Reminds me of an older woman I meet for spiritual mentoring. Her wisdom, her maturity, her beauty are her gifts which she offers and blesses me every time I come in contact with her. It’s been a while since I last came to see her. Your writings especially about God, Christ, makes my heart swell in awe and worship. The Lord bless you and keep you, Ptr. Bryan.


  2. What a wonderful message dear Pastor Bryan, I feel blessed to have found your Blog, I also feel this with other Bloggers when they focus on God’s Truth, not man’s understanding, I Posted about this but it was some time ago, it is called The gaining of wisdom.

    A few things touched my heart Sir and got me pondering in your message that I would like to highlight, one is the aged or those who are older and more experienced. God tells us when the elderly walk into a room we are to stand up, this is meaning we show them our respect, they have life wisdom which can help us greatly if their focus is good but also those who have asked for and received in Christ Jesus, Godly wisdom which of course we can receive at any age if we ask and receive in Faith but combined with Life wisdom is very powerful and by our acceptance and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, can be Life changing.

    I left a few messages for you Pastor Bryan on Understanding the Basics but would like to now share as you are doing the wonderful Hope we have regardless of how life has afflicted us and so find comfort in that God was and is always with us regardless of what our affliction is and when the world turns their back on us God never does. We are to come to Him as Children in our dependency and Trust and innocence, thankfully He does not look at the things people look at, such as our outward appearance and worldly values, but He looks at our heart.

    So what does God look for in His chosen vessels who will do His work that He has prepared in advance for them to do after they have been purified. It is not those who have worldly Titles or are in the public eye acquired through popularity or by birth or is it Diplomas and Academic Degrees based on worldly wisdom, logic and reasoning but those who Trust in Him as a Child.

    1 Corinthians 1: 25 31 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

    I did a Post about this Truth in my own life Pastor Bryan and will leave you the link, is it ok if I include you on my Blogroll as those I thankfully follow, it needs updating but I will wait to hear from you?

    Blog Post-

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.


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