Skip to main content

Getting Out of the Dark

“But somehow he was comforted. It was rather splendid to be wearing a blade made in Gondolin for the goblin-wars of which so many songs had sung; and also he had noticed that such weapons made a great impression on goblins that came upon them suddenly.

“ ‘Go back?’ he thought. ‘No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do!’ So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.” ~ The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins found himself in a very difficult position. Miles away from his beloved Shire, in the caves of the Misty Mountains the small hobbit, separated from his companions, is alone in the dark. Bilbo is on an adventure he did not volunteer to go on and is being hunted by Goblins (Orcs).

Finding himself is this terrible situation Bilbo begins to think about his options. Only then does he remember the elvish blade hanging from his belt. The presence of the sword gives Bilbo the courage he needs to face the uncertainty of the dark. With his new found courage Bilbo is able to move forward.

On more days than we care to admit we wake up feeling the exact same way Bilbo felt during his adventure. It feels like we are alone in the dark, unsure of what will happen, and terrified to move. The questions: “What do I do?” “Where should I go?” and “Who can I count on?” are attempts to find a solution to the situation we find ourselves in. These are times when Bilbo becomes a good example to follow.

Bilbo found courage by drawing the sword he would later name Sting. It was a special blade, which struck terror into the hearts of his enemy. Even though he wasn’t skilled in sword fighting the blade’s presence comforted the hobbit.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12; NASB).
God’s word strikes fear into the heart of Satan. It reveals his lies and provides us with hope. The more the Bible is a part of our lives the more courage we will have in facing the uncertainty of what is happening around us. The Bible is an essential component in the adventure we find ourselves in. Without God’s word it is impossible to face the darkness that is around us.

With Sting in hand Bilbo then decided what direction he would head. He couldn’t go back the way he came, for that is where the goblins were. He couldn’t go sideways because of the cave walls. The only direction he could go was forward, and forward he went.

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven” (Philippians 3:13-14; NLT).
With life we find ourselves in the same predicament. We are unable to go back. Time has a way of continuing to push forward and changing everything in its path. As much as we may have enjoyed our lives in the past, as much as we would like to go back and change our mistakes, all we can do is to move forward. It is the only direction available to us. If we try to hold on to the past, or even the present, we will miss the life God has created for us. By choosing to move forward with God we are able to discover life at its best.

If you happen to wake up one day and find yourself in a dark place, with no hope and no friends, do not get discouraged. Bring out the Bible and discover what God has to say and commit yourself to going wherever He might lead. It is what Bilbo would do.


Paul said…
Another older post for you today. Hopefully I wil get moved to Sutherland today. Wednesday is the day I hope to past something new. So don't go away just yet.
Christian Eye said…
I don't know when the original post was but,boy,that was good writing!
Anonymous said…
hmmm im reading this post today August 3, 2011 and it was posted september 2006 it is still effective today.. thank you for this post it has truly blessed my heart and a great way to start my day today I was just here thinking how much I would like to change my direction in which Im heading, as I am in a dark place in my life and this has help me to put things in perspective I cant go back nor can I move sideways Im not a crab lol but definately I can go forward & choosing to move forward with God my future looks bright already so now all I need is the love for Sting (my bible) and Im sure I will develop it please pray for me that I will grow deeper in a love relationship with God and be transformed by His glorious Light thank you in advance
-- Michelle from Kingston Jamaica

Popular posts from this blog

Prayer: Married Bedtime Prayer

My wife Jenny and I have been using the Bedtime Prayer that John Eldredge wrote for Walking with God as part of our bedtime routine.  As much as I have enjoyed the prayer I thought it was time for a prayer that was better suited to pray together.  Hopefully this will encourage you to implement prayer into your bedtime routine.

Our Father in Heaven, we pause at the end of this day to say thank You.  We give You thanks for the blessing of life, for the blessing of each other, for the blessing of family, and for the blessing of a home. You have richly blessed our lives. Restore us Father to Your Son Jesus.  He is the vine and we are the branches and He has become our source of life.  Open our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit's guidance, healing, and transformation.  May our lives and our marriage bear the fruit of the Spirit.  We surrender our lives and our marriage to You.  You have our bodies, possessions, and spirits; we give You our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.  We belon…

God Uses Unlikely People

One of the things that strike me about God is that the value society has given to people makes no difference to Him. In fact it seems that God would rather use the common, even the despised, people of the world to make a difference in this world. Consider Moses. God doesn’t use Moses when he is a prince of Egypt, but when he is a nomadic shepherd. Certainly God has used the rich and the powerful, but more often than not God has used the poor, sinful, and abused. God uses the unlikeliest people.

This reality comes our loud and clear at Christmas time. Think about the major characters of the Christmas story: Joseph who is a poor and scandalize carpenter, Mary who is a young and scandalized girl, Shepherds who are a bunch of untrustworthy characters. Only the Magi have credibility in society, but this diminishes in Jewish culture since these men were Gentiles. The most important event in the history of the world and God chooses people who are rejected and wouldn’t be believed by so…

Worship is a Lifestyle

"It's a lot easier to sing a song than it is to stop and touch the broken. It's a lot less taxing to go to church than to take 'church' to the world. But sharing with others is a sacrifice of worship that makes God smile." ~ Louie Giglio; The Air I Breathe

Worship isn't just about music. Worship isn't just an activity that is planned and programmed. Worship is about glorifying God with our lives. When we seek to honor God, we worship Him.

Worship happens anytime and anyplace. It happens Sunday mornings at church. It happens Wednesday night at Bible Study. It happens when we chat with our neighbor. It happens when we serve those in need. It happens when we show love to the lonely. Worship is what being a Christian is all about.

Worship is a life lived in response to God's gracious blessings. God has given us so much. We owe Him every breath we breathe. He is responsible for our talents we use. God has given us blessing after blessing. Only a life o…