Anna was a prophetess who was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. Her husband had died after they had been married for only 7 years. She lived as a widow in the Temple to 84 years old. Anna never left the Temple, but stayed there day and night, worshiping God by fasting and prayer. She was in the Temple just as Simeon was talking to Mary and Joseph and she began praising God because she recognized the baby Jesus as the long awaited Messiah....and she talked about the baby to everyone!!!
Anna possessed great wisdom. She was willing to wait with HOPE and endurance for what she had been prophesying to come true. It was God's perfect timing that Anna walked into the Temple at exactly the time that Mary and Joseph were there with the baby Jesus....just what she had been hoping for. Anna had been serving in the Temple for over 75 years. During this time, she served God by sharing her faith and after she saw the long awaited Messiah, she told others about Him.
We can learn so much from Anna. She can teach us that often we have to wait with patience on what God has in store for us....but during that time, we need to continue to believe in His promises and to serve Him.
Also...God can use all of us....no matter our age!!!
Until next week!!!
In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!
p.s...I realize that Anna is a NT woman and we've been talking about OT....but I felt led to talk about her a bit this week!!!