I’ve spent the last few days reading the final chapters of The Lord of the Rings and let me tell you, it’s been an emotional time. I’ve found tears welling in my eyes on nearly every page. They’ve been caused by so many wonderful things! There’s the wisdom of Elves and Gandalf, the steadfastness, joy and simplicity of Hobbits, the grandeur and epicness of everything about Aragorn, the King of Gondor. Then, there’s the beauty found between the characters that Tolkien so deftly weaved together. Sam the servant has inspired me, and Frodo gave up everything for the Shire and then sailed into the West. I’ve seen loss and victory and change and true friendship but most of all, I’ve seen Jesus.
We are not meant for this world. I know it, and Middle-Earth reminds me of it. The white shores and far green country that Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf and the elves sail to is where we are all supposed to go. It is upon those shores that our longing will be complete and peace finally achieved. These books teach me more about Jesus than most sermons and I am so glad for it! If you’ve not read them, pick them up and try. You will be changed. Don’t forget to look for Jesus. Look and see how the foolish and weak things of the world (Hobbits) shame and defeat and wise and powerful! Look and see that a gardener can change the world. Look and see that even the most pitiable and reproachful of creatures can have a purpose and deserves life. Look and see how all that is gold does not glitter! Elves, peace, Hobbits, joy, Kingly and just rulers are all part of this tale and we can learn from them all.
So remember, we are not meant for this world, we will sail into the West, and God has so much to tell us from fantasy!
Now go ahead and listen to this song and picture Jesus calling you home to Him, where there is no more suffering, pain or war, and instead there is singing, white shores, and a far green country.
posted by nick davenport