Tuesday, 1 March 2011
On Remaining Where God Has Placed You
"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King.
It is a much neglected piece of wisdom that we do well to trust God by remaining where he has placed us in life and attending to the various vocations he has called us into in that place, "uprooting the evil in the fields that we know". However, ours is a restless generation in love with the idea of endless possibility, and therefore not in a position to properly receive this counsel. But the older, and, I hope, the wiser I become, the more this counsel seems necessary - both for our benefit and for the benefit of those who come after us. Not that change in location, vocation and/or station should never be sought, but it should be undertaken cautiously, with an ear attuned for God's word on the matter. He, after all, has both the first and the last say on such things.