Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:34-35
Simeon is only briefly mentioned in Scripture and then goes away. We have the benefit of holding the entire Bible in our hands but Mary and Joseph didn’t have that luxury. Think of his words: “the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” That could have been written today because it’s so appropriate. The end to his words must have puzzled and troubled Mary: “and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Mary was at the crucifixion and saw her son on the cross. I don’t know that she understood all that was happening but there were some things that only she knew: the virgin birth, Simeon’s words, the unusually well-behaved Jesus as a child.
Wise men and women enter our lives more often than we know. It’s my prayer that I’ll recognize those people when they come and that I’ll take heed to what they say. Wisdom can come in many forms; through His servants is but one way.