*Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen Lord of the Rings and you want to, then you may not want to read further.
This came to mind as I just finished reading The Hobbit & have started reading The Fellowship of the Ring. I have seen all the movies, but I decided I wanted to read the books. I know many of you think that is backwards, but that is just how it happened. Now on with the purpose of this blog post.
In the books/movies there is a gold ring, referred to by it’s owners as “my precious”. If a person were to put it on their finger, it would make them invisible. But it makes people become obsessed with it, as well. They are ready to do anything to protect it or get it back.
The character Gollum used to be a hobbit named Smeagol & the ring changed him into a hideous creature, because he was so obsessed with the ring. He killed his cousin to get it in the first place and he was willing to kill to keep it or get it back, if he lost it. Part of it was also living deep inside caves all his life. He even jumped into the fires of a volcano to get it back & died.
There is even more history behind it, such as Sauron, who created the ring, found out it was still in existence & wanted it back. He set many plans in place to get to it. Battles were fought over it. This particular ring represented power over all the other rings & all of Middle Earth. All of its owners did not realize the history, but they knew they wanted it and would do anything to keep it.
There are other obsessions in the books/movies such as gold, wealth, or power, but I’m going to focus on the ring for this particular post.
It got me to thinking that we have things in our lives that we feel this way about. Recently, I’ve discovered food to be a ring of sorts. I don’t believe I was willing to kill people over it. But when I am overeating, it almost makes me feel invisible & is a detrimentle coping mechanism for stuffing my feelings down. Food is my drug of choice, if you will. I didn’t want to hurt others, but in the process of endulging, sometimes I did. I have had to give up this “ring” to God. He is the only one I should be obsessed with. I can hide in Him with no worries. He is my fortress. He will never leave me & He is always protecting & taking care of me.
‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”… “Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him; I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never]. ‘ Psalms 91:1-2,14 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/PSA.91.1-2,14 AMP
When we become obsessed with things or even other people, who do we become? Is it changing us for the better or worse?
I would for sure say that obsession over food turned me into a person who was focused on self. I gained so much weight that it is hard to do things. Even picking something off the floor is difficult. I have learned to hibernate with ease & I protected my alone time like crazy. I am introverted by nature, but when I am not as heavy, I am not as much of one. In trying to hide from feelings/situations, I end up more of a recluse, and then I additionally want to hide from others for fear of what they think of me or my actions. I hold onto things, such as time, so much. If I let go of all of these things & trust God, He will take care of me. I have nothing to fear. If I seek Him first when I have issues & seek Him before doing anything, He will take care of it all. He knows exactly what I need.
‘Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. ‘ Proverbs 3:5-6 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/PRO.3.5-6 AMP
‘Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. ‘ Matthew 6:31-33 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/MAT.6.31-33 AMP
Is there anything you need to let go of in your life? It is hard to let go of things, when we have been holding on so tightly. But I encourage you to examine your life & see if there is anything that needs to change. Go to the Lord with it & leave it in His hands. You won’t regret it. He wants to help. He knows everything you are in need of. He doesn’t want to take all enjoyment out of your life. I have found that if I trust Him with my issues, He usually provides enjoyment in its time. He is so good!
Blessings to you all!
Praise Report/Weight loss update: I’m down 26.7 lbs total.