I went to see THE HOBBIT a few weeks ago with my wife. As the three Lord of the Rings films are my all time favorite, I was anxious to see and experience this new film. While I enjoyed it, one of my favorite parts was scene with the eagles. (spoiler alert)
There’s a standing joke among some that Frodo getting the ring to Mount Doom could have happened much quicker and with a lot less pain and grief if the eagles would just have carried Frodo and Sam the entire way. But that is not what the role of the eagles is.
Just as in the RETURN OF THE KING, the eagles played a pivotal role of grace in THE HOBBIT. Right before Bilbo, Gandolf and the dwarfs were about to be destroyed by the orc chieftan Bolg, just as they had done all they could to survive but couldn’t do any more, and just as they had given their very best effort to stay alive, the eagles swooped down and saved them.
And so it is in our lives. Our loving Heavenly Father extends His grace to us in those times when we need it the most. Whether it be during an extremely difficult trial or during those times we feel we’ve given it our all but it just doesn’t seem to be good enough, grace swoops down and blesses our lives just enough that we can make it through whatever trial we’ve been asked to bear. It’s important to note that God doesn’t take away the trial through His grace. He simply gives us enough blessings to help us through. Afterall, in the scene described above, the eagles don’t end up flying them to their overall destination. In fact, they place Gandolf, Bilbo and the others on top of a large precipice overlooking the land (which, by the way, they would have needed to climb down from). This is symbolic too I believe. Being dropped off at such a high place, they were able to gain a new perspective. They were able to see more clearly where they were needing to go. God’s grace is the same. It blesses us with a new perspective; sets us upon a higher place so we can get our bearings and continue our journey in life.
I end this post with a scripture about grace that I enjoy. May we all look for the eagles. They likely help us more than we know in our quest to be better and find joy and hope amidst our afflictions.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.