I've been reading the Anne of Green Gables series again. I was in desperate need of a book that wasn't going to challenge me, change me, grow me, or make me into a better person. So, I looked at my personal library (which is lacking hugely in the fiction department) and decided on rediscovering Anne Shirley.
So, what does Green Gables have anything to do with Egypt? Well...
Meanwhile, struggling with some life situations, I was met with two people who lovingly stood in the gap for me and prayed. While they were praying, the Lord revealed to one of them about how I have been looking at our current life as the Israelites looked back longingly at Egypt. The Lord is so sweet, for as soon as I saw what He was saying, my eyes opened anew and I saw life a little fresher.
That's nice, but really, what do Anne of Green Gables and Egypt have in common?
That, my friends, is what Anne of Green Gables and Egypt have in common right now!
Anne Shirely, always seeks to find a "kindred spirit" in her friends, wherever she goes in life. Kindred means "of a similar nature or character." In each book I have read, she finds at least one if not two or three friends who get her. They are the type of friends who can finish each others sentences. Who find joy in doing the simple things in life, together. They are comfortable with each other from the beginning.
I've been mourning that sort of friendship for a long time now. Longing to have a friend who is comfortable and easy and simple. I had 5 of them in PA. You know who you are. I had 5 friends who were the ones that I could do life with, easily and enjoyably.
Since our move, I have been searching out that "kindred friend," trying to find what I had back in PA. I've been frustrated and lonely, trying to understand why God hasn't brought that to me, yet. I've been looking back at Egypt (PA), wanting to have those kind of friends again. I've been frustrated with God, saying to Him, "You brought us here. You told us to come. Why aren't You providing me with at least one friend, who really cares?"
Well, I see how far the Israelites got with that approach. 40 years in the desert??? No way, man.
I know that God does want us to have those "kindred friendships." But they may not look the same as they did in the past.
In Anne's life, (so far), her "kindred friends" included a childhood friend like herself, a two college friends (one of whom was quite different and a bit airheaded). After she married Gilbert Blythe, her friends included a sailor, a single woman, and a unhappily married woman who was stuck in her home with her disabled husband. I haven't finished all the books yet!!!
But her friends were all different. They weren't the same kind of people each time. So, I am trying a new approach. I am not giving up on friendships. But I am going to keep my eyes open in a different way. I am not going to limit God to what He gave me before. I am going to open the doors to my expectations and trust that He will give me at least one "kindred friend," somewhere along this journey!
Posted in: on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at at 7:35 PM