I first met Anne of Green Gables when I was in fourth grade. My great grandmother purchased the original book series when they were first published in the early 1900s, and she gave them to me when I was a young girl, because my name was Anne-with-an-E, of course.
And in 1984, I wanted nothing more than puffed sleeves like Anne had. She dreamed about them for years, but Marilla wouldn’t hear of it. It wasn’t until Matthew “put his oar in” before a concert that Anne finally got her longed-for puffed sleeves.
The more I spent time reading about Anne of Green Gables, the more I wanted to be like her. I wanted to wear puffed sleeves like she did, put on plays with my friends like she did, do well in school like she did, and even be proud of my Anne-with-an-E name like she was.
And now my girls are enamored with Anne of Green Gables. The books are all on my Kindle now, and the girls have a habit of sneaking my Kindle into their beds at night so they can read “just one more chapter.” I’ve been curious if they’ll want puffed sleeves, too.
Isn’t that how we fall in love with Yeshua? We read “just one more chapter” of the book that’s all about Him, and pretty soon, we want to eat the way He ate, tell stories the way He told them, help others the way He cared, and even be proud to bear His name.
However, unlike a fictional character in a book, we look forward to the day when we can fall at His feet in worship. We look forward to being able to serve Him in His kingdom.
I have several goals for the months ahead.
- For one, I want to try to eat foods that are GMO-free and clean. The more I learn about my Master’s magnificent creation, the more I fall in love with it and with Him. I want to eat food the way He intended it to be (Leviticus 11:43-47; Leviticus 19:19).
- For another, I want to learn the language He spoke and gave to His people. I’ve learned most of the Hebrew alephbet now and a handful of words, but I want to be more intentional about studying Hebrew this year so that I can begin to read my Bible in its original language (Acts 17:11). (And after that, Greek…)
- Another goal is to regularly visit some lonely people at a nursing home near us. They are the people that have been forgotten by everyone else, at a time when they’re old and tired and sometimes sick. I want to listen and spend time with them, like my Master heard the voice of a blind man over the din of the crowd and cared for the woman with the issue of blood, even though masses were pressing against Him (James 1:27).
What would Jesus Do? I want to get to know my Master better this year. I want to walk in His steps. Do you have similar goals?