They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli. Hannah
said, "Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who
was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life. I Samuel 1:25-26 (TM)
What a beautiful picture of what our lives and offerings are supposed to be. Hannah was barren for so long, and when God finally blesses her with a son you’d expect her to hold on to him and not let go. But Hannah shows us the way. When God blesses us, even with something we highly value – we are to offer it up to God. It all belongs to Him anyway.