Anne's story is one of heart-break. She looses her mother at age 13 and she is left, during this volatile age, with a family of extreme dysfunction. She has Lady Russell, who does indeed love her, but the relationship is not the healthiest. I sometimes wonder if that is true in some ways because Lady Russell expects Anne to be her mother--Lady Russell's dearest friend. Anne has a brief encounter with Mrs. Smith (before she is a "Mrs.") at boarding school and experiences true friendship for a small season. They have to part, not knowing if they'll ever see each other again. She meets Fredrick a few years later and finds real love in and with him. When confronted by Lady Russell and her father, she is persuaded not to marry Fredrick and breaks her own heart and his as she gives into familial and societal pressures--despite her own feelings. She is left with memories of the past love she has felt with Fredrick and spends eight years regretting, craving, and trying to forget. The love she finds during that time isn't completely true. She cannot reciprocate Charles' love, her father and sister disregard her, Mary depends on her, and she has a hard time trusting in Lady Russell's judgement. As the story progresses, she is still trying to find love. She wants, but tells/convinces herself that she cannot have Captain Wentworth's. Mr. Elliot shows up and she is flattered, but her instinct warns her, and then she finds out from Mrs. Smith the truth. Finally she finds some real love in Mrs. Smith, and Captain Wentworth starts to open up to her again.
She finds love in giving love. She serves and loves Mrs. Smith. She opens up and risks loving Wentworth again. She feels protection for her family, even after all they have done. Even in a time of distress for her, she listens and cares for Capt. Harville.
As I see it, the Savior fills her well when she takes that leap of faith. When she is forced to dig up her own dirt (out of the bottom of the well) with Wentworth coming back into her life and going back to Bath (where her mother died). In doing that, she makes room for the pure water to flow. By looking to serve others, she moves herself out of the way so that the Savior's living water can flow through her. As it flows she is filled, even if she just allows a little at a time at first. And as she accepts that flow of love, and the love coming from Wentworth, and gives love freely to him, it comes even quicker and sweeter.
What is your super-objective? How do you go about achieving it? I submit that love is a power beyond conceiving. The law of love allows miracles to occur--even healing hearts that have been broken, when that healing seems nigh impossible. The law of love is not one-way--it only truly operates when there is giving and receiving.
I testify of the power of the Savior's healing love. He IS love. I have learned so much from Anne.I have learned that to find that love, you must give and accept love. I want my super-objective to be finding love, because the Savior is love. I want to find Him. And through finding Him, we find ourselves and the people we are supposed to be with. Ta-da... Anne and Wentworth end up together after all.