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The Unexpected Journey

While viewing this winters The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, several quotes reminded me of my current path.

Gandalf: Bilbo Baggins, I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure.

I can say that I never saw my life as an adventure or even ever wanting one. I am content in my home and with my family. But the path that leads me closer to Him can not be called anything other than an adventure. I believe that God is the creator of adventures and he is calling us out to join him. It took me 34 years to understand and listen to his call and so begins my “unexpected journey”.


Gandalf: You'll have a tale or two to tell when you come back.
Bilbo Baggins: Can you promise that I will come back?
Gandalf: No. And if you do, you will not be the same.

As my family and I move forward in our path, I see clearly that our life will be shaped so differently. It is one of my fears and prayers. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.-Psalm 51:10 May the song play out and I be renewed and strengthened : It is my prayer that God would change my heart, that He molds me and makes me into what He wants me to be. Search me, clean me, change me, Oh God!

"Gandalf: Home is now behind you. The world is ahead."

My world of comfort will soon be behind me. When I first heard this quote I saw the faces of children with dark eyes filled with fear and abandonment. I knew that my comfortability was linked to others pain. God is not asking me to lead a life of comfort but a life that shares in the lives of others. To help carry the burden of pain and give praise in the joy. I know that our heavenly home is before us and that this world we will leave behind. I pray that we can all keep moving forward with our eyes on Him.

Gandalf: I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.

I have recently read a book called Castaway Kid by R.B. Mitchell. It is the story of a young boy who grew up in an American orphange his whole life. I was deeply struck with his emotional journey of abandonment. Even through numerous acts of kindness and encouragement he fought the grip of fear and rejection his whole life. Even after finding the grace and love of his Heavenly Father he struggles with the negative aftermath of abandonment. My heart and soul aches to think of the “fatherless”. The many “touches” that it takes to begin the healing process for a broken child is never ending.

Bilbo Baggins: I know you doubt me. I know you always have. I often think of Bag End. That's where I belong. That's home. You don't have one. It was taken from you, but I will help you get it back if I can. .

I am ready to begin this journey and help bring restoration and love to the children of the Lord Most High. I desire for them to find comfort in the arms and home of their Heavenly Father. So may we all move forward and leave a path of “touches” on those around us that shines us all home together.

Bilbo Baggins: I'm going on an adventure!

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