Today Just Might Be The Day

“There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for redemption of Jerusalem.” 
- Luke 2:36-38 

The story of Jesus’ birth and the significance of this event often allows readers to skim right over the name, Anna. A prophetess, Anna was one who came from an insignificant family and tribe. She was a widow and did not have a child. To society, she was rather insignificant. She had also grown old. 

Anna had been married for seven years according to the text. She then lived around 60 years as a widow. She lived during a time that provided few possibilities or economic security for women who had been widowed. And for 60 years nothing happened. For 60 years, the very thing that she was looking for and waiting for did not come to pass, and through it all, she stays in her purpose.

Even though it took a long time, even though the revelation did not come in a timely fashion, she stayed focused on her purpose. She is not angry or bitter, and she does not lose faith in God. If anyone had the right to be angry, Anna did. She had more years behind her than in front of her, and it had to be tempting to think what she had been waiting for wasn’t going to happen - that she wasn’t going to see the birth of Jesus. 

Anna kept coming into the presence of God until God gave her what she was looking for. And after all those years, God finally gives her the desires of her heart. Anna meets Jesus, and she’s able to testify about it. Rather than walking way from God, she waited. I believe every day she said to herself, “today just might be the day.” Today, just might be the day He answers me. Today, just might be the day that my miracle comes. Today, just might be the day that He heals me. Today just might be the day He promotes me.

Are you waiting on God? Anna waited for 60 years. She stayed faithful, and she kept believing. Will continue to trust God? Keep believing, because today just might be the day.

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