“Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy…”

– 1 Samuel 17:41-42 –

“I have been a big-time fan of Lord of The Rings since I was very young and living in the Shire makes my insides happy. Writing this devo has put me in a place where I feel very underqualified. I am not a theologian. I do not have wisdom. I am a very small human who has had a long day and needs a nap. That being said, God can still use me for His greater purpose. This concept is hard for myself to grasp, but is reinforced by a theme presented by Tolkien in his Lord of the Rings series.

The creatures that live in the Shire, hobbits, are short, fat, lackadaisical characters that are rarely given any thought by the other people that inhabit Middle Earth. Despite their small stature and humble beginnings, time and time again hobbits are found to be essential pieces of the process that eventually destroys the Ring of Power. This reminds me of how God used David in the Old Testament to do something that none of the Israelites were willing to do. This is a story many of us are familiar with, but I would encourage you to open your Bible to 1 Samuel 17 and give it another read.

This idea and theme is one that I would like to instill in the residents of the Shire this year [and the rest of campus]. No matter how unqualified, invalid, or insignificant we feel, God has the power and wisdom to fit us into His greater purpose. It is my hope that all the hobbits living in the Shire, along with the students at CCU would realize this truth.”

– Macy Kasson, RA of The Shire

“Yes, that’s so,” said Sam, “And we shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo, adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and
looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten… I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into?”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings –

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