I will take the ring to Mordor…though I do not know the way






The Fellowship of the Ring, “Three is Company”, p. 100.


“‘As for where I am going,’ said Frodo, ‘it would be difficult to give that away, for I have no clear idea myself, yet.’

‘…you must go,’ said Gandalf, ‘or at least set out, either North, South, West, or East—and the direction should certainly not be known.’

‘I have been so taken up with the thoughts of leaving Bag End, and of saying farewell, that I have never considered the direction,’ said Frodo. ‘For where am I to go? And by what shall I steer? What is to be my quest? Bilbo went to find a treasure, there and back again; but I go to lose one, and not return, as far as I can see.’

‘But you cannot see very far,’ said Gandalf. ‘Neither can I. It may be your task to find the Cracks of Doom, but that quest may be for others: I do not know.'”

This small conversation between Frodo and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings gives me great peace—in it I hear the echoes of my own life story as a follower of Jesus. Jesus leads me usually with a nudge out the door—the direction I am to take is not crystal clear, I do not have clarity on exactly what I am to do and how to do it. But I sense in my heart that the Lord desires me to move, now. And so I obey—trusting that as I am moving, he will show me the next step.

The complete fulfilment of my work with Jesus in the Kingdom of God may be for someone else to complete, or to take further, but I am not called to be concerned with the overall plan, or end game—I am learning that it must be enough for me to simply know the next step, and to trust that Jesus will show me where and when to take the step after that.

I often hear people speak with great confidence that the Lord told them to do this, or led them to do that—and I wonder at their confidence. My experience of hearing God’s voice and moving in obedience is one of much less certainty. I am learning to have confidence not in my ability to hear God’s voice, but in God’s ability to get his point across to me when he needs to.


Author: steeres

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