Sunday afternoon, after getting home from church and eating a big lunch, I found my place on the sofa. There's nothing on television on Sunday afternoons this time of year, so I put in my copy of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. This is a great film and this version is the extended version. I started watching it the day before, but it's four hours long and I fell asleep, so I put it back on and tried to finish.
I have owned this copy of the film for a couple of years but never got around to watching it. So, Sunday looked like a good day to finish.
I had preached Sunday morning the first message in a series of sermons titled "Small is the New Big." The emphasis is on noticing those things that are seemingly insignificant, yet greatly used by God.
There are biblical accounts of this principle throughout the Scriptures: David, the slaying of Goliath, Zacchaeus, etc.
I didn't expect to be taught something by watching a movie. I just wanted to finish the film, relax on the sofa and rest on this day.
As I watched the film, even though I had seen the theatrical version earlier and knew how it ended, I was taken by the fact that of all the huge, bigger than life characters in the film (Gandalf the Wizard, Aragorn, Legolas, etc.) that the key elements to the victory in battle were tied up in the smallest characters.
The four Hobbits in the film - Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin, were vital in every portion of the victory. Of course, we knew Frodo would be. He's the one given the task of destroying the ring. He's the central character, but the other three proved valuable as well.
Throughout the story, there are jokes and statements made by other characters about the Hobbits, their diminutive size, their seemingly inability to make a difference, but when you get to the end of the film, you realize that all those other characters must eat their words.
The scene that did it for me was the one linked below (just click the image.) What a great reminder that regardless of your size or seemingly insignificant role in the grand Story of God - you matter! You are valuable!