I just want to be frank.
I love Gandalf.
Gandalf the Grey, Gandalf the White, Gandalf the freaking awesome amazing wizard – he’s a man with many titles. He’s also a man with many wise and thought-provoking words, which is what leads me too my devotional today.
In the first of the three Hobbit films, An Unexpected Journey, there is a scene that takes place within the first 45 minutes. Dori one of the comic relief dwarves sits on top of a pony, in a hailstorm of rain, asking Gandalf why he can’t make the rain stop.
Gandalf’s response: “It is raining, Master Dwarf, and it will continue to rain until the rain is done.”
To be frank twice in the span of one blog post, I can’t tell you the number of times I feel as though proverbial rain is pouring down on me as a person.
Why didn’t I get those jobs?
Why did I get two flat, busted tires in the span of one week?
Will I ever not have medical bills?
Things happen and things will continue to happen and pile up on you until a breaking point is reached. Still, the rain continues to pour and often I feel like God is telling me it might continue to keep doing so for awhile.
So, I pray and I pray, and I continue to pray before I’m reminded of two things.
- God’s never going to throw something at me I can’t handle.
- Have patience.
Relating It Back
When looking for verses that I felt fit the topic of this devotional, I found one of the more popular sections.
James 1: 2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
What I’m Left With
Things sometimes happen and not particularly good things either. That’s okay though. Whatever it is, I will persevere not by my own strength but through my dependence, love, and strength of God. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’s going to be difficult.
(And it really has been just that at times).
All the same, he’s here with me through the rain. So, let it.