Only To Do What He Could

No taste of food, no feel of water, no sound of wind, no memory of tree or grass or flower, no image of moon or star are left to me. I am naked in the dark, Sam, and there is no veil between me and the wheel of fire. I begin to see it even with my waking eyes, and all else fades.
~J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings

Frodo is a study of a hobbit broken by a burden of fear and horror— broken down, and in the end made into something quite different. Frodo undertook his quest out of love– to save the world he knew from disaster at his own expense, if he could; and also in complete humility, acknowledging that he was wholly inadequate to the task His real contract was only to do what he could, to try to find a way, and to go as far on the road as his strength of mind and body allowed. He did that.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

We are regularly called to do more than we feel capable of accomplishing. Whether we are in the midst of a crisis of confidence, feeling beaten down, physically and emotionally vulnerable, or just plain scared – it is tempting to shrink away from doing what is needed.

Our call to obedience may not be quite as dramatic as Frodo’s monumental task of saving the world from destruction by evil forces — it may simply be getting out of bed and facing the day despite pain and overwhelming sorrow — but it takes no less courage and strength.

We are equipped by the intimacy of the Word of God speaking to each of us individually, instructing us on how to live these days we are given.

Like Frodo, we are to do what we can, to find a way through darkness and fire and threat, and to go down that road as far as our minds and bodies allow. We are inadequate by ourselves, but we are bolstered by the constancy of God alongside. We never travel alone.

2 thoughts on “Only To Do What He Could

  1. As always, I appreciate your wisdom and the quotes and photos to match. 🥰
    Thank you for diligently adding your gentle words to the usual cacophony that all too often inhabits the online universe. The rest of us are better for having a respite where we are invited to ponder and enjoy your daily gems.

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  2. The question that we all ask ourselves – and others – untiringly, faithfully and, yes, with much human frustration and anger is:
    WHAT CAN WE DO? has profound, practical answers here. After doing all that we can and are able to do within our human frailty and weakness, we then
    TURN THE WHOLE FRIGHTENING MESS OVER TO HIM!. He led the way for us – as humble teacher and victorious victim.

    In a way, Emily, I am reiterating – and re-enforcing, what you say here — only you do it much better.

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