Choosing Hope: On Eagle’s Wings
“The eagles are coming! The eagles are coming!”
~ The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 6 ~
Isaiah 40:31 KJV (King James Version) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Frodo was on a journey filled with many dangers. One of the gravest risks taken on this adventure was having trust betrayed by those thought to be friends. That is a very familiar pain as well as fear a number of us carry into our relationships. They lied, he or she deceived me, can I trust again? How do I trust again?
And sometimes as a result of this disappointment we ask, will I be able to trust anyone?
The ugly truth of it all is…when we have been hurt over and over we tend to loose hope. Our outlook on relationships, efforts, and life altogether become pretty bleak. Can you imagine how Frodo and Sam felt as they sat amidst the fiery waste of Mount Doom?
A Gloomy Picture
Surrounded completely by molten rock they had nowhere to go. They had nowhere to run. After all their hardship and toil, the One Ring was gone, yet they were beyond all hope.
Or Are They?
Hope Is On The Horizon
Just as the two hobbits committed to the idea of spending their final moments there with their only comfort being in the destruction of the One Ring a miracle happens. An exhausted Frodo and Sam are saved by giant eagles.
Has there been a time in your life you felt like Sam and Frodo? Have you ever been so drowned by your troubles that you just want to say “I give up?”
We tend to forget something very important while we are consumed by our troubles…
Our God is greater than any of our burdens.
Because we forget this, we tend to neglect to put our trust in the one who can do all things. Our misfortunes, in fact, sometimes act as one of the greatest vices that keeps us from experiencing a truly deep and intimate connection with our Heavenly Father.
I remember some times in my life where I felt these very things.
I asked myself…”Why God? If You love me so, how can this be? If You love all creation, how can You allow suffering?” These questions used to eat me up from the inside out. Because I could not trust God with my aching heart, I strayed. Those years were the most dark and miserable ones of my life.
I failed my Freshman year of college. I partied, I got drunk. I made some big mistakes. I thank God for His loving mercy and His patience. Without these, I might not be here today.
The apostle Paul tells us a great deal of suffering. He knew it extremely well during his ministry.
Romans 5:3-5 New International Version (NIV)
3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Scripture is full of God’s many promises to us. In the ever present battle being fought for our souls, we can take blessed assurance in the knowledge that our Father keeps His promises.
- He will never leave or forsake us.
Joshua 1:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
- He will be with us always.
Matthew 28:20 New International Version (NIV)
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- There will be an end to darkness, despair, pain, and death.
Revelation 21:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a]or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 22:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.