Anna was a devout woman of prayer. She spent all her time in worship. Constantly obedient. Constantly waiting.
So when God wanted to bless someone for obedience, he looked and saw her. It makes me smile when I think of God watching His sweet aged Anna kissing His only son on his cheek. I just bet there wasn't a dry eye in the place.
Anna knew and believed that God would come to save her. She believed that, and she acted on that belief. Many years she waited. Many years she prayed, and God delighted in her heart, and blessed her.
If Anna was here today, she'd no doubt tell you that it was worth it, The waiting. The watching, and then finally the blessing. God allowed Anna to be a part of something much bigger than her, all because she was obedient daily in prayer for so many years.
Anna is evidence that if you wait well, God's blessings will over flow your life, and you too will say..."That was worth it." to anyone who will listen.
And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-37
When I look a little deeper at this wonderful woman of God. I find that she is from the tribe of Asher. This particular tribe was one of several that returned from their idolatry when our good friend Hezekiah started observing the Passover in Jerusalem. I'm again amazed at the wonder of God's provision to my soul. This guy is everywhere!!