Without even knowing the dangerous adventure he was soon to be swept up in, Frodo asked the wizened old wizard a very simple question:
“Why was I chosen?”
“Such questions cannot be answered,” said Gandalf. “You may be sure that it was not for any merit that others do not possess: not for power or wisdom, at any rate. But you have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.”
We all know how the story would soon unfold for young Frodo, but on that fateful night he carried the weight of making a decision while facing the unknown. The enemy is on the rise and the ring must be destroyed.
“I am not made for perilous quests,” Frodo cries, and sadly many of us have said the same thing in the face of uncertainty or challenge.
But there is a voice calling deep within our hearts, wooing us to something bigger than anything we have imagined. There is a greater story unfolding and each of us have a unique role to play in it. We have all been chosen, you see, just like Frodo was chosen to carry the ring to its doom. Just like Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are called to free the land of Narnia from the reign of the White Witch. Just like Moses was chosen to lead his people to freedom.
But so many of us have lost our ability to hear and discern this deep calling within our own hearts. We are caught up in a world in chaos, where hope is often out of reach and passion is scorned. We may have managed to carve out a little safe space for ourselves, a retreat much like the Shire where the sky is always blue and the grass is always green. But even the Shire stood to fall if not for the small band of Hobbits who chose to heed the call and fight for it.
God spoke to the Israelites through the ancient prophet Jeremiah:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
But standing at the crossroads, we are often afraid to ask where the good way is, because we know that the way is risky. Its fraught with danger. Many of us would rather stay in the Shire where we are comfortable than face anything that will turn our world upside down. But the way to peace and fulfillment lies down the ancient paths. There will certainly be danger and if we choose to go down this road we will be challenged like never before. But there is also adventure and laughter and love waiting for us. Good things that are well worth the risk.
Will you ask for the Good Way? Come, let’s ask together. Afterall, Frodo couldn’t fulfill his destiny on his own. And neither can we.
Come, lets turn the page to find out what’s waiting for us. Our hearts are longing for it…