The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Thus said the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he set out with his friends on a journey whose dire significance he had yet to discover (see chapter 3 of The Fellowship of the Ring).
A new segment of that Road is opening up for me this fall, as I prepare to begin an M.Div. program at Talbot School of Theology, and it promises to be a long, long road, the significance of which–like Frodo–I do not yet know. But I’m thankful for how God is pushing me out the door onto this Road. It has been 22 years since I sat in a college classroom, and life is much different now than it was then, so it is not without a little trepidation that I step out onto this Road. As old Bilbo used to say, “It’s a dangerous business, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
But there is much to learn, and much that I trust God has in store for me through this…and so I look forward to it!