This morning I found myself on an early morning bus tapping my foot with impatience.
Surprisingly, my frustration had nothing to do with the bus but all with the book I was holding in my hands. As I was nearing the end of Tolkien’s The Two Towers, I could feel the tension building in the plot. The closer I got to the end the more frustrated I became.
The ridiculous part of this is that I’ve read the book before. I’ve seen the movie countless times. I knew that Sam and Frodo would have to endure a lot of hardship before accomplishing their goal. I had a general idea of what to expect, and yet I still got as anxious as if I’d never experienced Lord of the Rings before.
Having got so caught up in the harrowing chapters of Sam and Frodo’s journey, I completely forgot that I already knew the ending. I already knew that they would make it.
And yet here I was on my way to town silently screaming at Sam for being so quick to assume Frodo was dead and at Frodo for getting hurt in the first place.
Something Sam said upon realizing that Frodo was still alive struck me and stuck in my mind the rest of the day.
Sam understood after some introspection that his being so quick to believe Frodo was dead stemmed from a heart condition. He never really had any hope.
So when things didn’t pan out as he had expected them to he assumed the worst. His best friend was gone and now the burden would be all his to bear. He was alone. He was isolated. He was never going to make this trip.
He was a failure.
Isaiah 40:28 says, “Do you not known? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.”
Simply put, this verse tells us the following:
God is sovereign.
Did you get that? Did I get that?
God is sovereign. He possesses boundless power. His strength is unlimited, and His might is unfathomable. He rules and He reigns. Eternal and awesome. Strong and mighty. Omnipotent and Omniscient. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).
He has written a beautiful story for your life from before the world ever existed. He knew exactly who you would be and what your potential was. He didn’t make a mistake. He is the Creator who made you in His image, to carry His glory in the world.
Don’t you think that this God, the Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth who does not become weary and whose understanding is inscrutable, can give you a hope and a future?
Just like Sam, our problem is a lack of patience and even deeper, a lack of hope.
We live under the burden of expectation upon expectation when we are called to live under grace upon grace. We weigh ourselves down by trying to don the majesty of His Infinence and then wonder why we so quickly fall to our knees in defeat.
Only God can be sovereign because only He is designed to manage the weight of power. We can trust Him. We can believe His promises. We can rekindle the flame of hope that our fears and insecurities extinguish.
We can adopt that childlike faith again knowing that we aren’t equipped to manage life on our own and that we have an Everlasting God who wants to help.
This evening I encourage you to hope in Him again. He is transcendent, and He can see the full picture of your life. He knows what’s best for you according to the long run while we can, at best, only guess at what’s best for us.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)