How did they START to build it?
Did they start from each side – hanging out over nothing?
Maybe they used skyhooks?
No doubt technology today is very different, but I read the account of how one suspension bridge was built many years ago. It was necessary to bridge a very wide gorge. How could they start to built a suspension bridge?
They began by shooting an arrow across the gorge from one side to the other. The arrow carried a small, strong thread. That thread was then used to draw a length of twine: the twine was used to draw a small rope: that rope a larger rope and the rope a cable. In time, the iron chains from which the bridge would hang were safely drawn across the chasm.
THUS, A VERY WEAK THREAD
LAID THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A GREAT STRUCTURE.
This reminds me of something Jesus said: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Then I also think of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians that God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty and his confidence expressed in 2 Corinthians that when he is (in himself) weak then he is strong (in the Lord’s strength).
As I consider a suspension bridge built across a huge, deep chasm and consider that it started with a light, weak thread, I am reminded again of the fact that faith in the promises of God will see Him at work, and of the knowledge that He can and will work in and through this weak child of His to continue His work here today.
In this world of darkness people are being swayed by emphasis on political correctness, non-discrimination, and acceptance of ALL religions and philosophies as being equal. We could easily get depressed and think that our small voice is useless and powerless, but the words of Edward Everett Hale are true: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do”
We are given many opportunities to speak of our faith and of the work of the Lord in our lives. May we always be ready to be that first light thread to cross the chasm of unbelief and bring hope, peace and joy to someone in need.
Our God is still on the throne.
He has not changed.
His commission to us has not changed.
His promises have not changed.
2 Timothy 4:2 (Amplified Bible)
Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency.
Be ready, whether the opportunity seems to be favourable or unfavourable;
convenient or inconvenient; welcome or unwelcome.
You, as preacher of the Word
are to show people in what way their lives are wrong
and convince them, rebuking and correcting,
warning and encouraging them,
being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
Let the redeemed of the Lord SAY SO.
1 Peter 3:15
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts ;
and be READY ALWAYS to give an answer to every man
who asks you a reason of the hope that is in you.