Poem of the Week: The Road Goes Ever On by J.R.R. Tolkien

15 June 2012

"When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla." — Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables
Life is a journey down the path our Heavenly Father has chosen for us. There will be bends in the road that we have no way of seeing until we are practically upon them. There will also be times "where many paths and errands meet," and we will be forced to make a decision and live with whatever it entails. This is a frightening concept for me to grasp; I am very hobbit-like in my love of home and hearth, and much prefer the adventure that a book brings to real-life adventure. I hold with C.S. Lewis, who said in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, "Adventures are never fun while you're having them." But adventure is out there, and we will never find it if we stay wrapped up in our own affairs all our lives. I need to learn to lean on the Lord and trust that He will carry me through whatever trials I face in this life, even when I don't have any idea where to go.

The Road Goes Ever On
By J.R.R. Tolkien

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.

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer day!

3 epistles:

  1. I read that poem just the other day, but never thought of it quite like how you explained it. Very thought provoking. I think I'll need to revisit this poem again.

  2. I really love that poem, Lizzy. Yes, we need to trust in the Lord and believe that He will hold us whatever the road of life ahead holds for us. Thanks for sharing these encouraging thoughts with us.

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  3. This is a beautiful poem, and one that I love so much, Lizzy. I never quite thought of it this way before, but that is an encouraging thought. Yes, the journey goes on... may we trust in Jesus to guide us through the long road to the end, holding His hand.

    In His love,
    ~Joy @ joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com


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