“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
The cost of following Christ in the world is always high, although it may be different in different times in history. And if we’re ever finding ourselves longing for an easier age – like perhaps when a more “christian” morality ruled the day or when more people went to Church, we must remember two things. One, it may not have been all that great back then. There are no Golden Ages in the history of faith in the world. And two, that we have been appointed in the times we’ve been born into. And God knows what time it is. He is the author of history and has appointed his children to live in the world the way we find it today. The task for us is to never wish for an easier journey but to be faithful in the face of things today.
And Gandalf, smart as he is, wasn’t the first to know this:
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
For he will complete what he appoints for me,
and many such things are in his mind. Job 23:14