Living the Life of a Hobbit…
At least I feel that way.
Life takes us on many and surprising roads throughout our lives, some we never anticipate coming. We can find ourselves captivated by circumstances of which we had no choice, or on grand adventures that reveals our true inner strength and character.
That is where I find myself today, on a road I couldn’t have imagined six months ago. It has been a journey of difficulties and emotional roller coasters, joy, and that rare glorious happiness. I feel like Bilbo Baggins, who never imagined the day that he would set out on a grand adventure to become the thirteenth member of Thorin and Company.
“Up you get, and off we go!” said Thorin
“But I have come without my hat, and I have left my pocket-handkerchief behind, and I haven’t got any money…,” said Bilbo.
“…don’t worry! You will have to manage without pocket-handkerchiefs, and a good many other things, before you get to journey’s end.” said Dwalin.
Many things have transpired in my life and I still haven’t gotten to journey’s end, but God has been so faithful to be my ever present help in time of need. Like Bilbo, I have often wondered where I was going, how long would my journey be, and felt like I was literally battling Smaug himself, at times. One thing is certain- in my “my six month mission trip” to take care of Grandma and look after her affairs, I have grown tremendously – I can feel it in my Spirit. It’s those deep intimate times where you’re alone with God and no one else, that you actually grow the deepest. You cannot trade these experiences for anything else, He has my full attention!
Be encouraged! Even if things don’t seem logical, or you can’t see what’s going on, remember God knows exactly what you need. Trust in His love. Trust that all He has is good for you. Trust that He knows the end from the beginning, and He will never leave you or forsake you.
God’s promises to you are “YES” and “AMEN”!
“Then the prophecies of the old songs have turned out to be true, after a fashion!” said Bilbo. “Of course!” said Gandalf. “And why should they not prove true? Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”