These words from J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination have been running through my own mind lately. After all, it’s hard NOT to contemplate the twists and turns of life’s road while in a season of such transition and change! The concept of a journey or an adventure have settled in my head with a certain significance, which inspired this month’s creative shoot. To give you a better idea of what I’m referring to, here is the poem in fuller form:
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
It seems a profound poem to inspire such humble images, but it got my wheels turning. Doesn’t it seem that the further away we drift from childhood, the less and less we allow our imaginations to roam beyond the present to-do list? Our 9 to 5 jobs and mind-numbing entertainment seem to instill a complacent, standstill acceptance of the ordinary, while categorizing anything truly wonderful as mere hollywood fantasy. It’s the age of time passing quickly and of going no where. But have we forgotten what we knew so clearly as children? That we are on the greatest adventure of all?
The Road is a very real thing, and each of us walk it, led irresistibly by the passing of time. It’s a lifelong path, filled with unexpected challenges, dark bends, and refreshing meadows. Just as all roads hold purpose in both their destination AND journey, this Road holds the promise of a SOMEWHERE. A destination, a finish line. But DO all roads lead to Rome?
In truth, there really are TWO Roads, one wide and one narrow. At the end of one is a somewhere. At the end of the other is a Someone.
Have you heard the King’s call? Then we are on the same road, friend, and it can often seem long and dark. But don’t ever forget that you’re on a JOURNEY! Where every step, whether through heather or bramble, holds PURPOSE. Don’t lose your child-like wonder and excitement for the adventure that you’re on! So keep walking, keep seeking, keep “pursuing it with eager feet”. This Road WILL join some larger way, and whither then? The Lord will say. 🙂
You’re making progress, pilgrim.
(Shout out to my stunning model Maegan Carroll!!)