“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
-The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
There is a lot I can’t do. I feel like Frodo. I just keep telling God over and over, “I can’t do this.” I feel like the way God has been answering me is similar to how Sam answers Frodo: “I know you can’t, Emily. There are going to be hard times and scary times and times when you don’t think you will come out of the valley. But you will. And you will with Me by your side.” Then, like Frodo, I think about what it is I’m holding onto and why it’s worth coming out of the valley. I know that God is good and that His plans and everything He does are good-the best actually. That means they are worth fighting for. They are worth being uncomfortable now because one day I will wake up to the sunshine again, and thank God that I didn’t give up at the bottom of the valley.