In the Lord of the Rings, a ranger, an elf, and a dwarf search through an enchanted forest, looking for answers as to their friends whereabouts. They are met by a powerful friend, who has miraculously come back from the dead. He tells them that their lost friends are doing well, and that a nearby country needs help.
Aragorn, the ranger, nods his head. Legolas, the elf, seems positive. Gimli, the dwarf, however . . . He exclaims:
“So we have come all this way for nothing!”
Think about this.
If you were searching for your friends you thought were dead, and found out they were alive and well, would that be nothing? If you found a friend who had come back from the dead, would that be nothing? If you knew exactly what direction you should move, would that be nothing?
Your friends are safe and one is miraculously alive. And you know what to do with your life.
According to Gimli, this was nothing.
In many ways, we can be a lot like Gimli. Sometimes our feet are set on a path that leads somewhere unexpected. Sometimes God wants us to move in a certain direction so He can show us another. Sometimes we set out to serve God in one way, and He directs us to serve in another.
I challenge you: Don’t be so focused on your short term goals, that you forget about God’s long term plans.
We rarely see God’s full purpose. He is unveiling His plans constantly as we live our lives. Our lives are not wasted no matter how unconventional they may look. Our time is not spent in vain if we find ourselves in God’s will.
God’s plans are so much grander than our goals or even our mistakes. He is working everything to our good! If you are in the service of the King, you have never, “come all this way for nothing!”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28