“God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world,” whispered Anne softly. -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Anne Shirley didn’t say these words because everything in her life was perfect.
She experienced great loss when Matthew died, and she had a hard road ahead of her with teaching, helping at Green Gables, and doing her courses by correspondence.
And yet, she sits at her window “companioned by a glad content.”
Everything has changed, and her “horizons” have “closed in” since the last time she sat at the window.
And yet, Anne is quietly content because she believes that “if the path set before her feet was to be narrow,” then “flowers of quiet happiness would bloom along it.”
She’s looking forward to the “joy of sincere work and worthy aspiration and congenial friendship were to be hers; nothing could rob her of her birthright of fancy or her ideal world of dreams. And there was always the bend in the road!
Maybe your horizons have closed in on you recently. Or things have changed in a way you didn’t expect and might not choose. Perhaps you’re facing something that’s causing trial and tribulation on a very serious scale.
And yet, Jesus walks with you on every road, our companion of glad content.
Let not your hearts be troubled, dear ones. If the road beneath your feet looks narrow, watch for the flowers the Lord will cause to grow up all along your path.
He will make streams in the desert.
He will make your ankles strong.
He will establish your steps.
He will give you purpose.
He will make flowers bloom.
When God is enthroned on our hearts, “all’s right” with the world.
No matter what you’re facing today, I encourage us all (myself included) to take time to linger with the Lord today.
Sit with Him.
In the dusk of the evening
With a glad heart
In His presence.
May unexpected flowers spring up as you walk on God’s paths, Kindred Spirits!