I learned, or relearned rather, a lesson yesterday.
I will start off with the most shallow part of this lesson which begins with a frightful moment in 6th grade. I had always thought that it would make perfect sense if I married an artist because then he could illustrate my books and we would be like Don and Audrey Woods. While I was in 6th grade, this was about the time when I began to hear people say that God “called them to marry” so-and-so or “led them to pursue” someone. And so, as an adolescent, I thought that this meant that I had nothing to do with who I married. Then, during Vacation Bible School, I discovered that one of my peers, a boy who I was less than fond of, was an artist. I was quite scared! I thought “Oh great, now God is going to tell me to marry this guy!” So this was a fear of mine for a little while. Next, I began to hear about those girls who have all these ideals and then fall in love on a whim and marry some guy who is totally different than she expected the guy she married to be. This was another fear of mine.
Yesterday in Anne of Avonlea (which I finished by the way and will soon review) Diana Barry became engaged to Fred Wright. Anne, besides feeling alone in the world of singles, wondered what Diana saw in Fred. He wasn’t the ideal man that Diana had claimed to want. He wasn’t tall and slim, he was short and stout. He was just Fred!
Diana had changed and now no one could make her happier, and she wouldn’t even want Fred to be tall and slim because then he wouldn’t be Fred. And at this, Anne thinks that she will never change her ideals. But as we all know, she does. She finally sees the light and falls in love with Gilbert Blythe. And right as Anne says this, I think the exact same thing. But Anne changed her ways…no! Neeeevvveeer!
As this files through my head, not yet processed I learn part two of the lesson.
I was having a sort of “low day” yesterday and so I looked to my trusty black bible for help. In the Reader’s Help under “filled with longing,” I found a verse which now means a lot to me:
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
God says that if we delight ourselves in Him then he will give us what we want.
If you delight yourself in God your desires will match His own heart and you will want to do his will. Then, your heart’s desire will be fulfilled because your desires will change.
Just like how Diana Barry was happy when her ideals changed.
So I will delight myself in The Lord and receive the desires of my heart!
“I simply remember my favorite things, then I don’t feel so bad…”
Wow, this picture won’t shrink.
The pictures from St. Lucia’s Day haven’t been uploaded yet so until then, following in the footsteps of Rita and Sabrina, I shall post a list of things I like. Number 1 is the first thing that came to my mind, not my greatest joy. Enjoy:
1. Books with lovely covers hidden beyond dust jackets
2. Inspiration Props
3. Sister Meetings
4. St. Lucia donuts
5. My big Brother, little ones too
6. Little sisters and Sabrina Bleu
7. My sister who has a different last name and parents of her own :)
8. Cedars with hawks and owls and fuzzy branches
9. Christmas music
11. Crisp autumn breezes
12. Down comforters
13. Snail mail
14. Pretty words
15. Mommy and Daddy
16. Claire Winters
17. Chocolate milk
18. Daddy’s day off
19. Church services
20. Lace curtains
21. Ballet flats
22. The fireplace
24. Inside jokes
1. A fresh bouquet of white roses on the dinner table
2. The boys including Jubilee in their game of football
3. Brisk walks in crisp weather
4. Words like “brisk” and “crisp”
5. A friendly phone call
6. Snail mail
7. A good old fashioned fried catfish luncheon
8. Dusty (the cat) batting at Francy (the pup)
9. A quick kitchen clean-up
10. Photographic documentations (I love to do these)
11. Willin saying that his skin is “caramel” because God made it that way