I’m a Lord of the Rings nut. Love the books, love the movies, and I could probably speak entirely in Tolkien quotes if called upon to do so. Not in Elvish, though. Haven’t gotten that far.
So, obviously, this image of Gandalf from the beginning of “The Fellowship of the Ring” is what popped into my head when I read the word “secret.”
Gandalf is encouraging Frodo to keep The One Ring, “The Precious,” secret and safe, lest the servants of the enemy find out He has it and come to take it from him.
I feel like most of us have a “Precious” in our lives- or more than one
There are things in our hearts that feel like “The Precious,” like VERY BAD THINGS will happen if we let them out into the light and let others know we have them.
And in some ways, this is true. When the agents of the enemy, those influenced by the power of the one who seeks to destroy us all, learn that we have certain things in our hearts, they will use it against us.
But flip side is what happens in Rivendell.
Once Frodo gets The Precious to the home of the elves, he finds a group of allies at The Council of Elrond. An unlikely bunch: an elf, a dwarf, two men with secrets of their own, three other hapless hobbits, and Gandalf himself, assemble to stand beside Frodo and help him carry this burden, “As long as it is yours to bear.”
Frodo is strengthened and protected by The Fellowship of the Ring. He would not succeed in his quest if not for them. Each plays a part in his journey to lay down this dark burden, each risking his very LIFE for Frodo and the Ring.
What is your Precious? Is there a heavy secret weighing down your heart, eating away at your heart and weakening you? Is there a BEAUTIFUL burden, a secret precious dream that you feel God calling you to?
Whatever it is, you need a Fellowship of the Ring.
JRR Tolkien was a believer in God, the image created by this Fellowship was no accident. Pray that God will bring you your Fellowship, your crew to carry this burden with you and help you lift it up and lay it down. I will pray that for you right now, whoever you are.
Will you pray that for me? I need it, too!