I recently asked myself why I love the story, “Anne of Green Gables.” Certainly, it is well written, and well-acted. Anne is a high energy girl, full of curiosity and wonder. And yes, her surroundings add scope to the imagination. But its something more…So I decided to take a look at the writer Lucy Maud Montgomery. Then it made more sense. Lucy’s life was hard and full of loss, loneliness, and eventually, success and its shadowed cohort, scandal.
People who have suffered great loss, been rejected, raised in an emotionally strict environment, who have fought to survive, who have made poor relational choices, often bring to their work both fantasy and reality, longing and pain. These are combinations that help create stories more accessible to the masses. Lucy’s layered life offered her a deep ink well for developing plot, tension, characters, and the elixir of imagination.
God wants you to use your energy to help others survive and thrive. So write your book, open your heart, pursue your dreams as they align with God’s best for you, run your race, and experience a substantive life. Live your reality with the redeemed insights birthed out of pain and goodness.
You have within you something to say, to sing, to write, to plant, to paint, and to plan. Be brave and take your next step.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” — Anne of Green Gables