I want to see mountains!
I’ll be honest I quote lines from the Lord of the Rings often in my daily life. Mostly whilst among close family members as they understand me, and they too are Lord of the Rings fans! At the start of the first film, Bilbo says to Gandalf, the wizard:
“I want to see mountains, Gandalf!”
Bilbo was fed up with his life in the Shire, fed up with his tiresome existence and fed up with the wearisome folk in his neighbourhood. Bilbo wanted a different life; he wanted a change of scenery. Bilbo wanted to see mountains – like he saw many years ago when he went travelling, when he went on an ‘unexpected journey’, when life was full of adventure and excitement – a different time, a different place. I understand how he feels!
Life can become tedious, the same routine, doing the same activities, seeing the same people, going to the same places, having to face the same trials, and seeing no change, maybe no light at the end of the tunnel.
Jesus is the light of the World; he has given us life in abundance, and he has prepared a place for those who love Him.
“There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2)
The great thing about following Jesus is that not only do we have the hope of being with him in heaven when we die – living forever as he promised – in an amazingly beautiful place as revealed in Revelation:
So, he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. (Revelation 21:10 & 11)
Not only this – but we also get to be with Jesus now, we don’t have to wait to die to be with Jesus. The Scripture tells us that if we have chosen to follow Jesus then we are citizens of heaven and seated with Christ in the heavenly realms:
‘For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.’ (Ephesians 6:2)‘But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour.’ (Philippians 3:20)
Getting back to the mountains that Bilbo dreams of; we understand what Bilbo means – life can seem dull and too difficult at times, but the bible tells us in Psalm 112:1:
I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
It’s good to see mountains; they are amazing and remind us of God’s power and awesomeness, but:
“I want to see Jesus!”
Written by Jo Jo