A few Friday's ago, Mike and I snuggled up to watch "The Bucket List." I really enjoyed it. Basically it's the story of two men, both dying, and doing all of the things that they've always wanted to do before the "kick the bucket." I loved the idea of it.
I think all of us have plans, dreams, hopes...things that we want to see come to fruition before we do, indeed, kick the bucket and so Mike and I started talking about our own lists. Of course there were large travel plans like, take the kids on an African Safari...in Africa! Perhaps one day we could cruise to the Mediterranean. We'd love to eat a fancy meal at a cafe somewhere. We want to see our children graduate and become people who love God and love others...well. There were other things not as lofty, but still desires, like, well, mop the kitchen floor!
I sort of store things in my head and then when I read something there is a party in my head when two things connect. Well, my brain had a party while I was reading Luke 2:25-32, it's a good read...
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel."
This man's bucket list looked like this...
Things to do before I die...
1. See the Christ.
Pretty sweet, I thought.