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!