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BRIDGES TO SOMEWHERE
8/24/2020 11:43:00 AM by: Leona Choy

A Slice of Fresh Bread

COVID-19 has been an untraveled road for all of us. No one knows what the future holds. We also know that we won't be in this dilemma forever. What we are experiencing now is temporary. We are on “a bridge to somewhere.” This trial has a shelf life, like all other trials of life. It has come to pass. When the time comes, we reach the other end of the bridge and move forward.

Those of us who are “in Christ” can shoulder our backpack of God's promises and trek without fear exercising our faith. When we meet the dangers and challenges of the road, we are not alone; Jesus is with us whatever we encounter.

What does it mean that our Eternal God is in the present moment as well as in the future? He wants us to trust Him with what is to come. "In Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them" (Psalm 139:16). The Lord has our back!

We are inclined to go through “what ifs” to imagine all the unexpecteds that could lie ahead as the days on the calendar tick off. In our minds we try to cross bridges before we come to them. We have a bridge problem.

What is the purpose of a bridge? It is defined as “a structure built to provide passage over physical obstacles such as water, valleys, or roads.” A bridge is meant to facilitate movement from where we are to somewhere else.

There are short bridges like small footbridges over rough terrain or a small stream. The longest bridge in the world is in Japan whose spans stretch nearly two and a half miles. The massive Golden Gate bridge is an architectural wonder. The Brooklyn bridge is touted as “the Bridge of Opportunity.” An ancient covered bridge in Venice, Italy over a narrow canal is called “The Bridge of Sighs.” It was built to transport prisoners by foot from an old prison to a new one. Sculptures line the inside depicting angry and sad faces; it is said that if one listens intently, he can hear the sighs of doomed prisoners from the past. The term “Bridge to Nowhere” describes an unfinished or abandoned bridge, or one whose purpose is lost.

We can only speculate what awaits us at the other end of the COVID bridge. To bring it into the spiritual realm, by worrying about the future, we are not trusting God for something that only He has control over. This is especially difficult for those of us who are “in charge people.” We are limited in our human nature by space and time to see what's ahead. The future seems to lie in the dark shadows ahead of us, and we don't have night-vision goggles. We try to cross fantasy future bridges in our minds multiple times before we come to them.

The fact is, we may not ever reach the bridge that we fear. Our own life is like a vapor. Or the bridge we have mentally built may turn out to be just a mirage when we come to it. Or the bridge we dreaded as something ominous may happily lead to something better and more wonderful, “a golden gate bridge.” Or the bridge which we feared would be an obstacle, God might turn into a “bridge of opportunity.” What we dreaded would be a long, long bridge with many spans, God may turn into a “short footbridge” easily crossed.

If we do encounter a difficult bridge, like the Coronovirus bridge, it need not be a “bridge of sighs.” What was meant for evil, God is able to turn for good. If God does mean for us to cross a certain bridge, we may find that it is really a way of escape for us, a "bridge over troubled waters," and we will be thankful that God provided it to deliver us. When we trust God to hold our hand, we won't be afraid of any phantom bridges!

God always has a good purpose. He doesn't want us crossing bridges in advance. Worry is futile; it cancels our trust in God. “What ifs” poison our attitude and threaten our peace.

Yes, even if we thought our COVID bridge time would be only a short foot bridge and it turns out to be a long span, trust God's timing. God doesn't build a “bridge to nowhere!”

 

 


Comments

helga From San Francisco At 9/17/2020 3:24:12 PM

Leona my trial to connect with you never became reality. Why I did not properly understand. However the connection to your agency is on my phone. I would like to communicate with your agency. Dobre den . Helga

Reply by: Leona Choy

Dear Helga, I am thankful for your new friendship.

Dottie From Danbury At 8/27/2020 3:19:31 AM

Leona! It is 3 AM and I'm thinking How is Leona! I look at your blog and it seems you are going along nicely. God bless and be with you all the time!

Reply by: Leona Choy

My dear friend. I too am probably up at 3 am on a "journey to somewhere" when I think of all my other sheltered "vulnerables" making similar trips. 3 am is also a special hour to focus on the Lord and then ask for blessed dreams when we tuck back under the covers to finish off the night with beloved sleep. Until I wake at 6.

Dottie From Danbury At 8/27/2020 3:19:30 AM

Leona! It is 3 AM and I'm thinking How is Leona! I look at your blog and it seems you are going along nicely. God bless and be with you all the time!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Since you always duplicate and send 2 comments, I have a chance to answer you twice! 1 Peter 12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

Frances M. Johnson From Denver, Colorado At 8/25/2020 5:03:13 AM

Dear Leona, You continue to share a wealth of knowledge, based on your experiences, and your unfaltering love and faith in humankind. May God continue to guide you as you continue to share your ideas with your followers. May God bless you always. Sincerely, Frances Johnson

Reply by: Leona Choy

The Lord uses your words to uplift me when my own "way grows weary and long" as the hymn writer declares. "Yes, He cares, I know He cares". And He cares for you, Frances,for whatever special concerns you have in this last week of August. Is there something that needs closure and finishing before this unknown next few months is upon us? Phil.1:6

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