I have been going through old writings. Some of them I may have already posted, but I feel as though I should start re-posting them as they are still relevant today and may be needed by someone new to this site. I am going to put these under the heading of Reminiscing. You can find them in the menu (under the picture above) if you miss any. Today’s is from August 5, 2019
There are some movies (and some TV shows) that bring out a feeling of homecoming when you watch them after having not watched them in a while – some theme songs that can fill you with a sense of joy and peace and …. a feeling of arriving home after a long absence with only the first few notes.
Some of those movies for me are the Lord of the Rings series of movies; and I found myself being drawn into watching the Hobbit trilogy and then The Lord of the Rings trilogy last week after Pastor J over at Lilllie-Put began his Tolkien Quotes with my favorite lines from those movies.
It is in The Fellowship of the Ring, as they are sitting in the ‘long dark of Moria’ after they reach a spot that Gandalf has no memory of. Frodo sees Gollum sneaking up behind them and goes to Gandalf, to warn him. Frodo allows his fear and unease at the task that he has been given of destroying the ‘One Ring’ to color his judgment, making him wish that Gollum had been killed before. Gandalf warns him not to judge too harshly because he believes that Gollum may have some part to play yet in the fate of many.
Frodo tells Gandalf: “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”
Gandalf replies: “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case you also were meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”
For me, as a Christian, there are so many lessons to be taken away from this short conversation.
Do not judge and condemn others, even our enemies, because God may have plans for them in the future which we know nothing about.
Our actions can affect and influence other’s lives, even into the future.
We each have a God-given plan for our lives. It is up to us whether to follow it or not. And while the choice is ours to make, we must also realize that there are always consequences to our actions. Some of which may take years to come about.
But the best take away is the fact that God is in control.
“And that is an encouraging thought.”
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