The awkward moment when Gandalf’s phone battery died

walking with gandalfYesterday I went for a walk with Gandalf.

We visited every secondary school in Colchester where Gandalf took a selfie (he really does move with the times) of himself in front of the school sign.

Towards the end of the walk Gandalf’s phone (or palantir as he was calling it) battery died. Gandalf was also posting on social media about how the journey of the fellowship was progressing. People were liking his posts and must have found it strange when they stopped a few hours before the walk ended.

Gandalf tlaGandalf can defeat Balrog’s and accomplish great things but even he is powerless when his battery dies. I mean how do you call the Eagles when your phone isn’t working?

Do you ever feel like your battery in life has run out?

All of us feel worn out and exhausted at times but what can we do in these moments to recharge?

In Psalm 42 the writer talks about his longing for God. He is so desperate for God to act because he is stressed and under pressure. He remembers when things were good and he was happy but that feels like a distant memory that he may never rediscover. Then he says:

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

Gandalf found somewhere on route to charge his phone and the phone received new life. God wants to give us new life, but we have to ask him. May we put our hope in God with the faith to believe that he can change things and give us new life.


Gandalf was really Tim Abbott who runs CYO in Colchester. Tim and a few of us completed a sponsored walk in fancy dress where we walked past and prayed for every secondary school in Colchester.

About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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