Over on Titusonenine, a blog I read almost daily, there is a discussion going on about dealing with difficult circumstances where Kendall Harmon, the writer of that blog, makes reference to a J.R.R. Tolkien quote. With interest I read the comments and saw that one of the commenters quoted my favorite lines from the trilogy. Speaking of a seemingly impossible task before him, the main character laments his situation:
'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo.'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'
I have often thought of those lines when I've been tempted to despair about a difficult situation. I know that nothing that happens in my life happens apart from God's sovereign will and, looking at Christ and His cross, I also know that He loves me. That knowledge should bring me to the place of not fretting about my situation but seeking God's will and deciding to do it. This quote reminds me of that.