Toss Me!

Gimli: Oh come on, we can take ’em.
Aragorn: It’s a long way.
Gimli: Toss me.
Aragorn: What?
Gimli: I cannot jump the distance; you’ll have to toss me.
[pauses, looks up at Aragorn]
Gimli: Don’t tell the elf.
Aragorn: Not a word.

–  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

In the above dialogue from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Gimli is ready to fight. He sees his destiny before him, but he discovers that there is no way he can get there without help. In a moment of decision, he swallows his pride and asks for a favor. Aragorn agrees to assist Gimli and tosses him into battle. Gimli wastes no time and begins to fight the forces of evil. (Cue the sound of swords clanging.)

Many times God designs our steps so that we will need other people. We will not be able to get where God wants us to go if we are not willing to make “asks” of ourselves. I found this out in my early 20’s when God called me on a mission trip and then told me to ask others to help pay my way. I thought since God wanted me to go, He would supernaturally provide the funds. Well, he did….through the pocketbooks of my family and friends. God criss-crosses our paths with others in order to develop us into His image and to teach His children to work together.

However, we cannot simply ask people to help us if we have not prepared ourselves for the “toss.” Gimli could ask for help from his king, Aragorn, because he has invested into a future favor.

1. Gimli has already developed a friendship with Aragorn. When you ask something of others, you need to have a solid relationship with them that fosters mutual loyalty, respect and trust.

2. Gimli has proven himself in battle. If you want someone to “toss” you into your destiny, you need to show that you are able to handle the new level of combat. It would be heartbreaking to “toss” someone into battle only to watch him/her fall.

3. Gimli has shown other strengths that balance out his weaknesses. When Gimli asks for help, he is admitting to a weakness (he can’t jump); but he has already demonstrated other strengths (excellent fighter, loyalty, perseverance) that prove he is battle-ready. People need to know that their help will empower you, not indulge you.

4. Gimli has selflessly sacrificed for others. People will not help you if your thoughts are only about yourself. There is a battle of good vs. evil, and we all need to band together to win our predestined victories. Selfishness is an inward battle we need to defeat every day before we can accomplish the great plans that God has for us.

So my advice to anyone who knows that one day she will need to be “tossed” into the next level of her destiny would be to continue the fight. Don’t think about what you need; God will take care of you. You just keep seeking God, serving others, developing your skills and fighting the small battles that God has prepared for you. One day you will hit a brick wall, and your destiny will be raging on the other side of it. You will look over your shoulder and someone will be there to “toss” you. Just swallow your pride and prepare to be catapulted into your future.

Questions: Was there ever a time that you had to make an “ask” of yourself? How have others helped you accomplish God’s will for your life?

“The king said to me, ‘What is it you want?’ Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, ‘If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it’” (Nehemiah 2.4-5 NIV).

Alisa Hope Wagner

Alisa Hope Wagner is aggressive about leading a simple life. She enjoys working out, reading, writing and communicating God’s love and truth. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they enjoy raising their children in a Christ-centered home. Though an introvert by nature, Alisa easily expresses herself through social media, especially on her blog. She has earned her B.A. Degree in English and her M.S. Degree in Applied English Linguistics, and she volunteered in women’s ministry leadership and life group ministry for her church. She trained in Mixed Martial Arts and won her bout by TKO! She has written her debut novel, Eve of Awakening, and has started the sequel, Bear Into Redemption.

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6 Comments

  1. Love this image. Have never seen any of the LOTR movies (hope I can still hang out here LOL), but this really resonated with me. Thanks, Alisa!

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  2. I have been tossed before. I know what it is like to ask others for help, it is not easy. I will be tossed again! Thanks for this post

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  3. I am so laughing here. We watched LoR 1 and 2 this weekend – so when I read the title, my first thought was Gimli’s quote. One of our favorite quotes is, “We haven’t had meat for 3 stinkin’ days” – then the boys start quoting that one of other brothers doesn’t really need his legs. Wouldn’t you have loved to be a fly on the wall in Tolkien’s and Lewis’s writing group?

    I so agree – needing others. Gimili didn’t like admitting he had a weakness – but he was wise enough, knew himself well enough, to admit it to stay in the battle. I love also how you said he had to have developed skill for that tossing.

    I remember asking one of my sons, “Do you have the honor within you to have been chosen by Aaragon to be one of the 9?” Granted, Aaragon didn’t do the choosing – but it was a group of noble, self-less, courage-trumping-fear fellowship.

    I kind of wish some days I had more confidence about, not the being tossed, but what happens after I am tossed:)

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  4. Excellent devotional! In your own unique way you pulled your readers smack dab into the rings.

    Question: I tried to copy and paste your “people need to empower you, not endulge you” to paste here, to tell you I really liked that part, but it couldn’t be copied. So I’m thinking…how do you do that? Because I would like to protect my blog like that.

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  5. Wonderful devotional! Yes, I have been definitely tossed, and I’ve had to make an “ask” out of myself. It was challenging. I don’t ask for help well, and then “woosh” there I was over the gap, and jumping into battle (figurately anyway).

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  6. Very thought provoking. I can’t remember ever asking. I was always very independent (and lonely, I realize, as I look back, but I thought that was normal then. I didn’t know much about fellowship.). As I’ve grown older, I’ve seen the need to be vulnerable sometimes and allow others to minister to me, but it still seems unnatural to let it happen. I’m sure part of the problem is pride. God has been speaking to me about this in my life lately, and I’ve seen things in my I’ve never noticed before. Things that need to be crucified.

    I’m going to begin looking for ways God blesses me through others, and for little ways I can ask, just to get more used to the fact that I’m not everything I need! Thanks for this.

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