One of my favorite scenes from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is the finale of the Battle of Helms Deep (The Two Towers).
In this scene, the forces of good were cornered and about to be overcome by the orcs (Uruk-Hai for the fellow LOTR geeks out there). As the enemy were knocking down the gate, King Theoden has nearly given up on fighting: his voice sound defeated and there was nothing but discouraging words spewing from his mouth. But Aragorn remembered a promisefrom Gandalf:
“Look to my coming, first light of the 5th day. At dawn, look to the east.”
At Aragorn’s insistence, King Theoden agreed to ride out with the remainder of his men in a last ditch suicide run out the gate. Just when it seems like it’s all over, Gandalf and Eomer’s group of Rohirrim arrived at Helm’s Deep. In a glorious manner (bright lights :D), Gandalf and the relief forces descended upon the enemy and wiped away the orc siege at the 11th hour.
The 11th hour is a term used to describe at the last possible moment. The origin of this idiom comes from Matthew 20 when Jesus was telling the parable of the Vineyard Workers:
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
I’ve been thinking a lot about the coming of Christ lately. Not just because it’s Advent Season, but also because I just want to be relieved from this overwhelming stress from Finals Period. As I cry out, waiting to be saved from my sufferings, I wonder about how the whole world back then must’ve been waiting for a Savior.
How long have they been waiting? Since Adam screwed up, there seemed very little hope for man being righteous before God. The ransom that was needed to free the world from sin was one that can only be paid with the blood of someone who lived perfect life. There were a few gems here and there, but even they were flawed and eventually passed away. The world was met with disappointments after disappointments. When the prophesied King came, there must’ve been rejoicing because there was finally hope, and not just a temporary fleeting hope. It was a hope that will not fade away with death, but through it become everlasting.
I don’t know what the 2nd coming is going to look like. Hopefully it would be something as (if not more than) epic as Gandalf on a white horse galloping down a giant hill. However, one thing I do know is that because of Christ’s sacrifice, my life has worth because I have a relationship with God,and that is my hope in the dark times.
It’s been a stressful and difficult couple of weeks as this semester comes to a close; the temptation to give up on struggling and surrender to despair was very strong. However, like Aragorn, I’m able to fight because I can count on a promise,
“Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9
I do not stand alone.No matter how bleak my situation gets, I know that my God is with me because He is faithful to His promises. I have confidence that He will deliver me from failure even if it’s at the 11th hour.