“There was a prophetess, Anna…she did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers…at that very moment, she began to thank God”. Luke 1:36-38
To fulfill the customs of the law, Mary and Joseph had to take eight-day old Jesus to the Temple for circumcision and dedication. In that temple was a faithful soul who watched and waited for the Messiah. The widow Anna, called a prophetess, spent her life in worship to God, believing Him for the promise. She didn’t wonder that the Messiah was a tiny baby. Her intimacy with God and His Word enlightened her understanding in this regard. She not only watched and waited, she talked of His coming to all the faithful, who, like her, were looking for redemption in Israel. Her love grew strong as she believed what she could not see.
The fulfillment of His Word comes in His time and in His way. He says in Isaiah 55:8: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord”. To bring His love to the world, I must surrender my life to the accomplishment of His will.