The Grey Pilgrim


I love the Lord of the Rings, and Gandalf the Grey is my hero. He is wise, strong, and kind in a way that I admire. This last year I began to pay a little more attention to his character, and realized that there is a lot we can learn from him too.

Life is a long pilgrimage. We all walk it, but the paths we take all differ immensely. When Gandalf was created he was born with a purpose. As a great wizard it is his duty to help aid the people of Middle-Earth down the right path. Like Gandalf we are all pilgrims walking a path, but it is up to us to walk the path we are designed to walk.

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell [fn] is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. –Matthew 7:13 (NLT)

But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. –Matthew 7:14 (NLT)

There are five great wizards, but it’s likely only Gandalf followed the right path.

I’m going to use the parable told in Matthew 13 in this next part, so feel free to read it if you don’t know it (or just want to brush up).

The Blue wizards are shrouded in mystery. It is unclear whether they failed their mission, or achieved great things. It is important to have a clear head about what your mission is. Pray, dive into God’s Word, and listen to what He lays on your heart.

The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. -Matthew 13:19 (NLT)

Radagast the Brown isn’t a bad guy, but he was designed like all the other wizards to help the people of Middle-Earth. Instead Radagast found a more peaceful life by keeping the creatures of the woods as friends. It’s easy in life to get sidetracked. There’s a million things pulling us in every direction, but we have to be careful not to settle down into a peaceful “good enough” mentality.  We all have a mission in our hearts, but it’s up to us to actually follow it (even if it’s not easy or seems to make no progress).

The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.

But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.

Matthew 13:20-21 (NLT)


Saruman is supposed to be the leader of the wizards, but instead turned to dark paths. Pride is a dangerous thing, and Saruman is full of it. Instead of following the path that was clearly good, Saruman tried to twist his goals to match up with his own plan. Sometimes (and often times) the hardest choice is the right choice, and we have to work to persevere. We have to have faith in GOD and not in the things of this world that we can see.

The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. -Matthew 13:22 (NLT)


Gandalf is boss. So many times he is treated as if he is just a washed up old wizard, but that doesn’t stop him. Gandalf knows his goals and destiny and follows it one step at a time. Spoiler alert: Gandalf dies following his destiny, and I think that it is because of his persistence that he is able to return as Gandalf the white. I want to be a  follower of Christ that follows the design that was intended for my life. Not for my own gain, but because it’s just the right thing to do.

The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” -Matthew 13:23 (NLT)

Many different people may find many different ways to achieve the goals God designed for them. You were made to be you, and you will be blessed if you don’t try to change that. 

Our Great Commission :

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

-Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV)


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