Holding Out for a Hero
He’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast, and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight… Bonnie Tyler stuck in your head now? You’re welcome (LOL).
Everyone loves a good hero story. What do you think of when you imagine a hero? Someone big, strong, brave, and willing to do anything for others, perhaps. A hero often comes from nothing, only to rise above the ranks with some supernatural (or seemingly supernatural) power to fight off the forces of evil in the name of truth and justice. A hero endures obstacles but never gives up. He (or she) perseveres. However, they tend to always look the part, right? At least in the end, such as the heroes from the comics.
Personally, my favorite hero stories are the ones where a character’s essence is so beyond what anyone could imagine a hero to be—the ones where no one expects heroic acts from them.
One of my all-time favorite stories is The Lord of the Rings. If you have not seen them, first of all, I definitely encourage it! But if you have not, here is a brief synopsis:
A little Hobbit named Frodo finds the One Ring of power, and sets out on a quest to destroy it in the fires of Mt. Doom, where it was originally created, along with 8 other companions. Very few outside of the companions believed that a mere Hobbit could succeed after so many others have failed (succumbing to the power of the Ring).
But Gandalf, the Wizard, does: “My dear Frodo. Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years, they can still surprise you.”
“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the dark forces at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” -Gandalf
In the end, it is the following qualities that truly make up the essence of a hero:
- Inner Strength
- Perseverance through Obstacles
- Passion to See Goodness Endure
The Jews were awaiting their hero. They expected a big, strong leader like the kings of old. However, Jesus came as the most unexpected and fragile being—a baby. However, through His earthly life, He would exemplify all of these traits. He gives us the hope through His example that we can be heroes too. Not only that, we are expected to be. Maybe not to the entire world, but maybe for our families, friends, or those within our sphere of influence.
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 Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3
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