“I don’t know how to say it, but after last night I feel different. I seem to see ahead, in a kind of way. I know we are going to take a very long road, into darkness; but I know I can’t turn back. It isn’t to see elves now, nor dragons, nor mountains, that I want – I don’t rightly know what I want: but I have something to do before the end, and it lies ahead, not in the Shire. I must see it through, sir, if you understand me.” (Lord of the Rings, Tolkien)
I suppose I could live a decent life; be comfortable, live in a nice house, take annual trips to Florida to visit my family. I suppose I could do this, and find some sort of happiness. But why would I ever choose that? Does the bird choose to abide in the cage after the door is ripped from its hinges? Do we stay in the manor when the passage to Narnia has been discovered? Do we reside in the Shire upon the commissioning of a grand adventure through Middle Earth?
When the God of the universe reaches out His hand, extending His invitation of adventure to you, how could you decline?
“From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. ‘You do not want to leave, too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that You are the Holy One of God.'” (John 6:66-69)
The above was a journal entry I wrote two weeks before moving to Montana, and I think it perfectly summarizes 2015 and my goals for 2016. Last year was a year of adventure, tragic loss, heartbreak, and new beginnings. I experienced more emotions and changes than I could have thought possible, and I’m still trying to sort through it all. However, in the midst of the changes, I found glimpses of hope; in the middle of the storms, tiny rays of light poked through the grey and reminded me that this also had a purpose in God’s story.
This will be a short post today, but I just want to remind you to hold fast. It’s easy to be wholeheartedly following the Lord in the warmth of the sunshine, but true warriors for the Kingdom are built in the hurricanes. This has a purpose and this too shall pass.