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Jun
16

The Single Ladies: Part I – Anna

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Joy Jochems - Single Moms BloggerThe Single Ladies by Joy JochemsI need some goals.  It is time to prayerfully make a plan and execute some follow-through…in my writing, in my day-to-day life, in my walk with Christ. Part of that plan includes this: a series on singles in Scripture and what we can learn from them. What better place to discover the guidance we need than the infallible Word of God! While my focus is “single ladies”, I am trusting God to bring about truths that will minister to any of you, in whatever circumstances you are facing.

Having just stepped out of the Christmas season, it seems appropriate to visit Anna as our first single lady.  Not only that, her example holds some powerful truths for us! To refresh our memories, let’s look at her brief appearance in Scripture (Luke 2:36-38). Simeon had just prophesied over the baby Jesus (with Mary & Joseph looking on) when Anna comes on the scene:

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Truth #1: Anna knew her ministry and dedicated herself to fulfilling it. She was a prophetess, a pray-er, and a worshipper. It defined who she was, what she did, how she lived. “She never left the temple”! Because she lived who God had called her to be, she was ready to respond when He made His appearance. And you? Are you fulfilling His calling on your life? Or are you holding back? Will you be ready when He “shows up” in your “every day”?

Truth #2: She was not intimidated by the curious or condemning onlookers, nor the cultural stigmas or expectations. Anna was a woman and a widow, both positions of degradation in her society. But she pressed on and continued to pray with purpose, to watch and to wait for the arrival of the Messiah. Then, she was given the blessed privilege of meeting the Christ Child face-to-face and to prophesy about His ministry to all who would hear. Often we fall easily into the people-pleasing, crowd-concerning trap. Jesus is coming again. Let’s make it our goal to be women who can herald His appearance, not those who cower under society’s scrutiny.

Truth #3: When I read these few verses about this incredible woman, I am always struck by her dedication. She could have sought to remarry. She could have picked up a trade to subsidize her meager income. She could have given in to begging or self-pity or less honorable ways to spend her time. Instead, she settled into the arms of God Most High and found her significance worshipping Him. Day after day, night after night, sitting at His feet, being sustained by Him, listening, communing, waiting. There is a longing within me to emulate that lifestyle. Maybe it won’t look exactly like Anna on the outside, but I desire for my heart to take on that same semblance.

This only scratches the surface of the depths of this passage and this single lady. I’m sure before this is even posted that I will discover another treasure in this account! Allow the Spirit to continue to speak truths to you from these verses.

Lord God Almighty, may we be faithful to pursue Your purposes in our lives. May we fix our eyes intently on You, and not become distracted by the stigmas and dogmas of our society. May we find our significance in You alone. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at joy@cwahm.com.

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