The Song of Aragorn
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy revolves around a Hobbit’s quest to destroy a ring that could bring darkness to all of Middle Earth. Though that is the focal point of the story, yet there is an underlying theme; that of men and women striving to fight back the darkness and be who they were born to be. Maybe they were born to be heroes for a day, for a season in time, or for their whole lives, or maybe they were born to become a king, with heroism being a part of their whole life’s story.
In the case of Aragorn, he was born to be a king, but his path to the thrown was neither easy nor quick. For years, he wandered, but in that wandering, he grew skilled in battle, and formed alliances. You would never have found him sitting on his hands, waiting for something to happen.
In the story of LOTR, not everyone was born to be a king, and those books are obviously works of fiction, but we (those who are living and breathing today) are all born to be kings and priests in the Kingdom of God.
Just like Aragorn, our paths to God’s Kingdom may be long and difficult. Along the way, we may misstep or forget that God’s Kingdom is not a fantasy, and He will bring us there in His time. And just like Aragorn had a song to inspire him to pursue his purpose, we have the Word of God to remind us of our purpose and spur us on to love and good deeds. And God can also use the words of men like Tolkien to reset our focus, and inspire us once more to look to Jesus.
When I read Aragorn’s prophecy, I see the story of every believer’s walk with Christ.
Through that song, I was reminded that what is most precious may not be visible to the naked eye, and though future kings and priests may not look glamorous or desirable, yet God is doing a work in them and through them. Though they wander, they are not lost. And though age will naturally weaken their physical bodies, yet the Holy Spirit of God will make them stronger and stronger in spirit. And when they are grounded in God’s Word, there is nothing they have to fear.
Ultimately, God is the redeemer of every broken soul. By His grace, all who call up His name in this life will receive the crown of life in Heaven, but they must endure until the end. They cannot afford to stop in the middle of the quest, nor must they lose sight of the reason why they are striving to destroy the darkness. Someday, you may be betrayed by friends and family for the sake of temporal treasures, or the promises of immediate gratification, but I pray you would remember the song God sings over you.
You may hear His song through a son or daughter of His, or you may even hear it through the cries of lost and broken people. But may every song you hear be filtered through the megaphone of the Holy Bible, so that you may discern what is right and what is wrong; what is beneficial and what is carnal; what is from Christ and what is not.
The fellowship of Christ’s sufferings is worth every sacrifice and hardship you may face, because it means the end of darkness and shadow, and the beginning of the eternal reign of light and life in our souls and in the world. And if you run your race with endurance, setting your face like flint as you look for the coming of the Son, I pray that your example would encourage others to join you in the fight. And when the final battle is over, and victory is seized by every son and daughter of God, may you, and those you have led to Christ, be standing unafraid as God’s glory splits the sky and His Kingdom descends to earth.
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