“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 2:36-38)
I have be thinking of Anna for days. I have already talked about her, but I really want to do it again. Her humility and her true love, her true devotion to God amaze me. She spent her time fasting and praying and was content. I am sure that no one really noticed her. She was not doing great and visible things. She was not doing incredible things for God, things worth to be shared. However God noticed her. What she was doing, how she was worshipping Him was great in His eyes, great enough to be share in the ultimate Good News.
Sometimes God is most glorified when we do things that only Him can see. When we pray for that sister who was sad during the service, when we fast for that brother who want to give up, when we are on our knees for our coworkers and crying for a soul, we are serving and worshipping God in a wonderful way, in a difficult way.
Difficult because we do not receive honour and praise from men. Difficult because we need to fix our eyes on God and Him only and wait for His reward. You are fighting on Jesus’s side and no one knows it. Some even will despise you because you are not fighting against satan with much activities and noise. Some will think that you are so far from God, so lazy. But God knows. He sees. He notices and He comes with a recompense (Isaiah 62:11).
I do not know if I am ready to live unnoticed, but I am willing and encourage to embrace serving God anonymously. After all He is the only One who matters and He sees. He never slumbers nor sleeps and He sees and will reward me (Psalm 121:4; Hebrews 4:13).
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven…
so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you…
pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-6)