Even if he died tomorrow it was worth it
Reference: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. (Luke 2:29 NIV)
Explore: I recently visited an older man in Vietnam who had lost his sight through cataracts. He was poor and could not afford the medical assistance needed to have the cataracts removed.
Through the work of CBM and an incredible hospital team, this elderly gentleman was able to undergo cataract surgery and have his sight restored. I met with him a few months after his operation.
He told me that when he went blind all he could do was sit on his bed. He couldn’t move around and didn’t even recognise his family and friends.
But now he has his sight back, his life has returned. He was so overjoyed to be able to see the world again.
He said even if he died tomorrow it was worth it as he had been able to see again.
Application: This was a man who did not live with regret. After becoming blind and then gaining back his sight, he had a different perspective on life. Each day was seen as a blessing because he could live his life fully.
Simeon experienced a great sight before he died. He was a prophet and had been promised he would see the Lord’s Messiah.
As soon as Mary and Joseph brought Jesus into the temple, Simeon knew the day had come. His eyes were opened and he saw the promise fulfilled.
From this time on Simeon would have known God had his hand on the earth to save and redeem it. It was a burden Simeon no longer had to carry.
It’s a good feeling to know God is in control. If we were to die tomorrow, God would have His hand on those we left behind.
Prayer: Lord, may we live each day to the fullest, knowing You have our future in Your hands. Amen.
If you were to die tomorrow would you have any regrets?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.