I love to drive! There is something very soothing to me to get in the car, turn on the radio, and just drive. But one of the things I’m not too crazy about are long, high bridges. They used to really drive me crazy, especially if crews were working on the bridge. I mean – if there wasn’t a problem – they wouldn’t be working on it, right? But bridges aren’t something to fear for our lives here on earth are basically just a bridge to the next life. We will all cross over the bridges from life to death to everlasting life.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “bridge” as a structure carrying a passageway or roadway over a depression or an obstacle (such as a river). It is a time, place, or means of connection or transition. One of the things that strikes me in that definition is that there would be no need for a bridge, unless there is an obstacle. My friends, sin is that obstacle that can keep us from reaching heaven – if we let it. Love built the bridge that overcame sin when Jesus gave His life on the cross. The bridge is there, yet we still have the responsibility of “crossing it.” We must hear, believe, repent, confess His Name, and be baptized in order to “wash away our sins.” (Acts 22:16) Are you willing to cross that bridge?
Phyllis Theroux said that “mistakes are the bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” I like that. Making mistakes is that “slap on the wrist” that teaches you the “better way” to do things. David Russell is credited as saying, “The hardest thing in life is to learn which bridge to cross and which to burn.” There are some bridges which need to be burned because you never want to go back to your former life of sin – you just need to look forward. Yet, you should not be “fire happy” when it comes to burning bridges for you may need that job or friend again. It seems like some folks burn the bridge and then expect you to send a boat!
We, all, must cross bridges in our lives. There is an old Indian proverb that says, “Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but do not build a house on it.” Remember the song by Albert E. Brumley – “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue …” With the Bible as our Guide and the Lord holding our hand, we should have no fear of bridges, for Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6) Let us move forward. God Bless, Courtney