The Council of Elrond has always been one of my favorite scenes in the Fellowship of the Ring. Part of the beauty of this scene is incorporated in the immediate reaction of Elrond after Frodo volunteers to take the ring for the remainder of the journey.
“‘I think that this task is appointed for you, Frodo; and that if you do not find a way, no one will. This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great. Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it? Or, if they are wise, why should they expect to know it, until the hour has struck?”
Physically unassuming, the hobbit would be the least likely member of the Council to venture into the very heart of darkness in Middle Earth. However, Elrond perceives something about Frodo that he doesn’t really reveal but obviously implies.
This uniqueness of Frodo is echoed later after Bilbo presents them with a protective mithril vest to wear under his shirt.
“‘Just a plain hobbit you look,’ said Bilbo. ‘But there is more about you now than appears on the surface.’”
Clearly, he is talking about the highly valuable armor that Frodo is wearing, but there is obviously more to him than meets the eye physically and emotionally. This goes back to what we saw in the first half of this book that there is a higher design in place for this entire saga. Middle Earth is a universe endowed with purpose.
Frodo seems to be aware of this reality and has heard it many times, but specifically when faced with the darkness of Moria, he at least seems to doubt his calling.
“He wished with all his heart that he was back there, and in those days, mowing the lawn, or pottering among the flowers, and that he had never heard of Moria, or mithril – or the Ring.”
I think that the Christian life is quite similar to this. We read the Bible, and we know that we have a very special calling. In fact, we know that we have the highest calling. We can read books and receive advice from people around us who we consider to be very wise. The Elronds of our world remind us that there is something special about the journey we are on, and we receive encouragement from those around us who care about us.
However, sometimes we all have these times where the journey gets tough. It might be easier to go back to what we knew.
Evil would have triumphed. Just like Frodo, the Christian has two options. We can do nothing and watch the world fall apart even though it might buy us some temporary comfort, or we can go on this journey to make the world a better place and push through the hardships.
 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002), 270, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., 278.
 Ibid., 318.