“At that moment she came and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.” —Luke 2:38
Anna, a prophet, was widowed at a young age. Following her husband’s death, she made herself at home in Jerusalem’s temple, devoting decades of her life to unceasing worship, fasting and prayer.
Over the course of her many years at the temple, Anna would have met many faithful worshipers and witnessed a regular array of temple activities—times of celebration, grief, ritual and reverence.
Scripture doesn’t indicate whether or not Anna was expecting to meet the Messiah the day she happened upon Simeon and the Holy Family on the temple grounds. No one is sure what compelled her to approach them, but the timing was perfect.
Albert, a church planter in Brazil, was headed up the Amazon River with his family to visit a village chief with whom he’d once shared the Gospel. Along the way, police stopped them, prohibiting them from going any further. Meanwhile, the village chief felt prompted to gather his warriors and head downriver. Approaching the police compound, they found Albert’s family camped by the river. At the chief’s insistence, Albert’s family was allowed to continue their journey. They joyfully followed the chief and his warriors upriver, and shared the Gospel with the entire village during their visit. That community eagerly awaits their return, hungry to hear more about Jesus.
God’s Spirit patiently, creatively and precisely orchestrates opportunities for people to encounter Jesus. When have you experienced God’s unique and perfect timing in your life? Pray for God’s divine timing to open many more doors of Gospel access for least-reached peoples to encounter Him.
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