“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. We hear about those as just went on — and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end. You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same — like old Mr Bilbo. But those aren’t always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in! I wonder what sort of a tale we’ve fallen into?” Sam speaking to Frodo “The Two Towers” by J.R.R. Tolkien
One of my many, many favorite passages from “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy.
And please pardon my play on words from Brian McLaren’s “The Story We Find Ourselves In” which I think I’ve read but can’t remember because I read so many things (a slightly OCD thing <sigh>) but if I haven’t or have forgotten then I shall read it again (or for the first time, depending).
“The Stories in Which We Find Ourselves” may become a little series on this blog. I don’t know yet. The reason why there are huge gaps in my posts is that sometimes I like to wait and see what “bubbles up” from inside, trying not to force it but letting it arrive in it’s own due time. (Which sounds a lot more romantic than the plain truth is that I get distracted by so many things that it can be weeks or months before I put to blog whats been bouncing ’round in this old head of mine . . .) but I digress . . .
The contemplative point? Where you are right now, this “now” moment, the story that is happening right now in your life, that is unfolding as you move and breathe . . . is the opportunity to find yourself. Each story, chapter and verse is a Divine opportunity to listen, to center, to Be. A chance of discovery, to find a part of you that you didn’t know existed but has been desperately crying out to be free, to be realized, acknowledged. Some of it may come from The Shadow, that part of ourselves we fear and assign labels to such as “bad, wrong, evil, dark etc etc etc”. But here’s a thought, and though I direct this mainly to my fellow followers of Yeshua, it might be worth a pondering for others: Since the narrative informs us that God embraces all of who we are, would it not behoove us to do the same, painful and uncomfortable as that might be? ~ Selah ~
As I always point out, the Good News is that we are not alone in this . . . all be it that sometimes our pain and sorrow obscure our vision and we buy the lie that we are all alone and forsaken. But even in that there is the opportunity to find ourselves. The narrative points to this universal fact: Part of The Story is to lead us to be our True Selves, that for which we were created to be. To discover that which has been placed in us, much like a buried treasure. To shed the false images that we perceive of ourselves: Both those that have been placed on us and those of which we have chosen to hide and shield ourselves behind.
Speaking of choice; Sometimes we have the choice in what happens and often times we don’t. Frustrating for sure, specially when it is something unpleasant . . . . . . or worse. And while I can say that everything that happens is not intended, I cannot go further than that for it is a mystery for which I must be content in that, for there are things beyond explaining. Suffice it to say, and this may seem like a dodge to some; “It is what it is, but it doesn’t mean it will have to stay that way” . . .
So in your prayers and meditations ask for and allow yourself to be awake and aware to those moments where the story is revealing something to you about yourself.
Grace, Love and Shalom guide you. Namaste.