Elrond – The Underrated Wise King
"Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere."
-Elrond, Lord of Rivendell
The theme for this week has obviously been about Lord of the Rings quotes and how it can be expounded today. Today God blessed me and you with another day to live. Deciphering these mysterious times of lock-downs, viruses, “social distancing” and re-learning how to wash your hands is certainly a perspective builder but it should not surprise us. Year after year, time after time we are reminded not to get complacent of our positions in life by people who have had the experience to tell us.
But for many, myself included… we get no wiser.
We don’t get understanding.
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Proverbs 4:5-9 KJV-
People in our life, possessions we own and jobs we hold down can all be shifted, changed and taken away in a flash. Priorities about what never mattered in the first place and what really matters gets put into focus.
The other theme I’ve been driving home is the importance of doing the small things. Blessing your neighbour and not being disgruntled with doing simple good in the world. Even the majority of news media has shifted their focus to balancing the scales in favor of what Joe Blogg’s and Beatrice Jane are doing in communities to keep the wheels of the world in motion, “because they must”, as Elrond knows too well.
Suddenly “the eyes of the great” (people in power), though never given a perfect score, are supported instead of utterly lambasted. Their physical and mental health is updated by the news and churches across the lands band together in one voice to pray for their leader.
And it made a difference.
You only needed to watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson present himself a strike after 9am on Monday, addressing the country with vigor in his lungs and gaze of eyes like he was supported, cared for, all along. Like he was prayed over. Like he could get the job done for his country.
Be reminded bearer of small hands; we move the world along with splinters in our fingers and jeer in our hearts, while few with kings crowns bear weight on their head and sleep from their eyes.