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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lord of Everything

 I'm sitting in bed with the husband, watching The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We're watching the final scene: It's chaotic. Humans, elves, hobbits and repulsive looking creatures called orcs engage in bloody, rambunctious sword play. Arrows are flying in all directions.
Alas the mighty Boromir falls and as he breathes his last moments, he waxes poetic as he delivers an eloquent parting speech.
The audience is moved by this act of bravery and self-sacrifice. I get a bit weepy.
Clearly everyone (almost everyone) in LOTR speaks in a highbrown fashion... it's almost like watching a Shakespearean  play without the 'thees' and 'thous'.
Tolkien was a wonderful wordsmith and creator of worlds but I still think parts of the LOTR books were overly laboured.

Nonetheless my favourite quote from Tolkien's classic tale is this:

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. 

Gandalf: 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 us.”

The ring stuff doesn't make sense of course, if you haven't read the book or seen the movies. But suffice to say, it's a ring of immense power that corrupts its wearer and turns what's good into evil.
What we can relate to, however, is that sentiment expressed by Frodo. The cosmic "why me".
Perhaps like me, you've asked it probably more times than you care to remember.

We live in a world full of sin... and the consequences of sin... Life can be painful process and often we don't have a lot of control over our circumstances.
So what do we do? Whinge... whine... descend into a funk. Check, check, check. Yeah, I do that. But a better thing to do would be to do the Psalmist thing and turn to the Lord of everything.
We do have some room to move... we can choose to feel sorry for ourselves or we can be part of the solution. We can become instruments of God's grace in the lives of others when we humble ourselves to his sovereign will.

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