Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lord of the Rings and the New Master

Last week I watched the whole trilogy of the Lord of the Rings on our portable DVD while cleaning and cooking (I enjoy background noise while I'm working). I am sure that everyone has their favourite scenes. Could these involve a certain Ranger/King or blond Elf? Watching the series, yet again (don't ask me how many times I've watched it), only confirmed my favourite scene. It doesn't involve human, hobbie or dwarf. It involves the story's most unlovable character Gollum.

The scene I enjoy is Gollum's debate with himself - The Gollum side (evil) vs. the Smeagol side (redeemable). He argues about trusting his NEW Master (Frodo) or just taking the Precious (his OLD Master). He argues about being trustworthy, in fact the Gollum side throws the insult "murderer" to the Smeagol side and he cowers at hearing this testimony against himself. However, through all this Smeagol will not be deterred. Someone has finally shown faith him, believes in him and wants him. He continues to press his point and demands the Gollum side to go away of which he finally does.

Doesn't this scene remind you of the discussion between the Samaratian woman and Jesus in John 4. The woman goes back and forth with herself and Jesus regarding the past, present and future. When Jesus reveals himself to her, she then embraces Jesus as the Messiah and becomes a changed person. She then goes out and spreads her testimony.

When we each accept Jesus as our New Master, we each make a decision to leave our old life and embrace the grace of Jesus. The lies that we hear, the hurts and pains we experienced were all erased at the cross. We are free.....

But are we really? How many of you really can say they're all gone? How many of you still hear the tapes over and over again telling you of your past transgressions as Smeagol did?

Later on in the movie, Smeagol believes that he has been betrayed by Master when Frodo makes a decision to save him that ends up enslaving him. This alleged betrayal brings out Gollum who then takes over and leads them to execute a plot against Master. Have you ever experienced something that caused you to distrust God? I know I have. When trials come or we end up in a pit, we all question WHY ME? Why aren't you there? How could you let this happen to ME?!?

But in all our troubles, we need to trust God. He never said it would be easy.
In this world you will have trouble. (John 16:33b)
We need to each remember that He is with us through it all. He will never forsake those who call on Him.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6)
He has a plan for each of us.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Are you willing to trust your New Master?

Father, Thank you for redeeming us from the sins of our past and for embracing the grace that you give us. Be with us through all our trials. Help us to trust in you and your promises through all our circumstances. AMEN


Denise said...

hi michelle!

great post.

when crisis arises i do often struggle with holding to my Master. Satan is so deceptive, but God is gracious and merciful and always, tenderly speaks to me, and leads me Home.

Linda said...

Praise God for this encouraging post!! You are wonderful and I am thrilled that you are my friend! Satan doesn't have a chance when we trust God fully...and it is a fight sometimes to do so. But, ohhhh, the joy it brings to us!!! He is faithful!! He is the anchor to my soul!
Our kids are still watching Lord of the Rings quite a bit. Such a good series of movies. So much spiritual significance in them.
Have a blessed day, Friend!!

Anonymous said...

Preach it, sister! :P

Seriously, this was awesome - we all fall into that temptation time and again. I long for the day when I can finally be free.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What an inspirational post Michelle. We were just discussing this with our kids last night. I love how you used the character of Gollum as this example, it's perfect for explaining about "old tapes".


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