Focus will soon turn in the U.S. to a creature named Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog Day is almost here. The earliest mention can be traced back to 1840 or 1841. When Punxsutawney emerges from his burrow on the Second if he sees his shadow and retreats back to his den more winter weather is expected. However, if he does not see his shadow then spring is expected to be soon on its way.
Thousands of people wait with bated breath to see the results. It’s a massive spectacle. It also serves to show how there is excitement both in the anticipation and the arrival of what we wait for. Aside from Groundhog’s Day we do start to see other signs. As the ice and snow begin to melt other colors start to show. Once we start to see green we begin to anticipate flowers blooming. It’s almost as if we’re waiting for the world to come back to life as spring sets in.
It isn’t just spring that we’re waiting for. The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is also approaching. Luke 2: 22–40 has an account of the family visit to the temple. Joseph and Mary had been waiting for the days of purification to be completed to present Him at the Temple. Simeon was waiting too. Luke says that Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel and was promised that he would not die before he saw exactly that. When the wait was over he was filled with joy and shared this in Luke 2: 29–32.
“Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace, as you promised. For my eyes have seen your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples— a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel.”
It isn’t stated how long Simeon waited, but it seems clear that it wasn’t just a day or two. We all have experience with waiting for things. Not too long ago we were waiting for Christmas. Then for it to be over. Some were waiting for spring right when winter began. When the wait comes to an end for what we have waited for there is excitement and joy.
Whether Phil sees his shadow or not, I am happy and excited to share with you some good news – there is one thing that you don’t have to wait for. The change from winter to spring symbolizes another change -- from death to life. This is a change that can be enjoyed without waiting! We have the light for revelation, in Christ alone. So what are you waiting for? Let the light of life fill you today!