Hi everyone, David here
J.R.R. Tolkien once said that, “It will never do to leave a live dragon out of your plans if you live near one”. I’m a big fan of Tolkein and, in particular, The Hobbit.
The Hobbitt is the classic story of the underdog surviving and succeeding against all odds. It is the story of all of us at one time or another. It is the universal story of overcoming. It is actually the story of the universe.
There is a scene in the Hobbit film when Bard the Bowman, the last of the archers, along with his son, stands his ground against Smaug the dragon. Bard knows that there is only one weak spot in the dragon’s armour in the hollow under Smaug’s left breast, which Bilbo had discovered in his conversation with Smaug.
Here’s the video:
Did you notice what Bard said to his son – look at me, look at me. Why is this such a compelling line and such a familiar scene? We’ve heard and seen this story before.
Earlier this week Rob reflected on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 where Paul writes this:
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Perhaps looking at Jesus and fixing our eyes on him is more about taking our eyes of other things, perhaps bad things, scary things, maybe even dragons. Perhaps it’s also about turning our back on those things that we have let define us for so long.
Let’s put it another way – there is an old Maori proverb:
Te tiro atu to kanohi ki tairawhiti ana tera whiti te ra kite ataata ka hinga ki muri kia koe
(Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows will fall far behind you).
Essentially it describes a place and time where we can turn our face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind us. It suggests the time is now.
May you this week turn your back to the shadows, and fix your eyes on Jesus – stay still and look at Him. What do you see? What will this mean for you this week? Choose one thing and go after it. May you find what you are looking for.
Grace and peace my friends.