A couple of summers ago I read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time because I could relate so much to the main character Bilbo Baggins. First off Bilbo is a hobbit & hobbits are short just like me. (I’m under 5 feet but that’s our little secret.) Growing up a few friends actually called me hobbit they’d use it in letters & things. The second similarity is hobbits live in their comfortable dark homes with books & tea & rarely ever leave the shire. I love where I live & I’m very much a homebody. If you haven’t read the book Bilbo is offered to go on an adventure & his response is that Gandalf clearly has asked the wrong person to go on an adventure with.
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
At the last-minute Bilbo decides to go on the adventure & it changes his life forever.
“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”
He learns a lot of lessons along the way, makes friends & ultimately ends up finding a new purpose to his life. This book really impacted me. Because of my “hobbit-like” tendencies it would be very easy to allow myself to be controlled by comfort & fear & never allow myself to follow the plan God has for my life. I know God has called me to travel beyond my little city in Ontario & that scares me but I’ve realized that life is an adventure & to be in the will of God is more important than my comfort or any fear that I may have. God will not fail me & He has my best interest at heart. Whenever I think about Bilbo Baggins I’m reminded that whatever adventure comes my way I need to take it because I never know where it might lead me & what I might find.
I encourage you to think about what scares you & why? I also encourage you to take steps to get over that fear because you never know what can be on the other side of that fear. It could be your destiny.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walkthrough the darkest valley, Or the dark valley of death. I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.Psalm 23:1-4