A dangerous world, Frodo
If you have read many of my columns, you already know how much I love all things “Hobbit.”
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the many stories that Tolkien told about the Shire and the residents. One of my favorite quotes was in a conversation between Bilbo Baggins and his young cousin, Frodo.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step out onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
And, as you know, Frodo stepped out on the road with a few friends and adventures carried him into danger, wonder and maturity.
I’m quite the manic, obsessive, compulsive traveler. Even if I am only going somewhere for a weekend, I have a bag with enough clothes for a week, another bag with electronics (laptop, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Kindle and all the various chargers and adapters, plus extra AA batteries) and another bag with grooming products and toiletries. Plus, I’m not even counting the bags of snacks and beverages. It is very difficult to walk carrying all these bags and such.
It is difficult to watch the news each day and not worry about stepping outside of our house. Violence runs rampant in our communities, terrorist attacks are no longer confined to any specific regions of the world, road rage controls our streets and highways, and we just can’t feel safe in our own homes.
Like Bilbo Baggins who had been on a journey in past years, it was time for Frodo to go on a mission to protect the Shire and the life that they had known for so many generations. When he left home, he knew the dangers. He knew the importance of his mission. He knew where he was heading and could only hope that he would come home. When he stepped out of his little round Hobbit door onto the pathway, Frodo knew that he had to keep his wits about himself and keep his feet on the path to where he must go. It was rarely easy, but he was successful in his journey.
As a Christian, there is no guarantee that our path will be safe and easy. We face the same rat-race and troubles that everyone does. We have to deal with unfair bosses, annoying clients, more hours and less pay. We get aggravated at how our companies may treat us like a mere number instead of human beings and seldom do we have any encouragement to do our jobs. We may tend to become bitter and angry. After a period of time, our feet begin to slide off our paths and we lose track of where we are going.
All through the scriptures are promises from God that He “has plans for us for good, to prosper us and not for evil.” (Jeremiah 29:11). That if we just “acknowledge Him, then He will direct our paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). These, and so many others, promise that God will keep our feet on the right path, if we trust Him and ask Him for guidance. We won’t go careening off the road if God is in control of our decisions and our lives.
When you go out your door tomorrow morning, it could be a dangerous road if you don’t keep your feet strong and on the path and there is no telling where you will be swept off to. Keep your eyes and your feet on the path that God intended and you’ll have the strength to face the day and all that it brings your way. That’s another promise.
And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.
Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is now also available at Moyes Pharmacy in McDonough