Have you ever wondered just HOW a suspension bridge was built across a wide chasm?

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.


Here in Australia a TV advert for a superannuation fund tells us with a catchy, lilting tune, “From little things big things grow”

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.

Psalm 107:2 
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.


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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7 Responses to HANGING BY A THREAD

  1. Anna Popescu says:

    LOVE this post! Thanks for sharing it with us because it just goes to prove that even a tiny piece of witnessing to others of God’s mercy and grace can (and does) reap huge benefits. Blessings on your day!

    • So true Anna. A few words spoken under the direction of Holy Spirit, will ‘hit the mark’ and have an effect, whereas a lengthy discourse of our own making will achieve little or nothing.
      We need to be ready and willing to speak a few words for Him at every opportunity.

  2. Rob Barkman says:

    Based upon your posting I think it is fair to say there is no such thing as an “insignificant” witness for Him. Even the smallest thing that we might say or do can be used by the Lord to accomplish great things. Very powerful and truthful message. May the Lord continue to bless you.

    • Thank you for adding that Rob. I certainly believe that just a word or two can speak volumes when Holy Spirit takes it and uses it to ‘make another blast in the quarry’ of a person’s life. We do not need to give a long discourse to reach the unsaved, because just a few words, spoken for Him, under His guidance, will never be lost.

      May we always be faithful to speak that word when opportunities come.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    If we took just one opportunity a day to testify whether to family, friend or associate, of our Lord Jesus Christ what a difference it will to do to our lives and theirs. 365 times of affirmation blessings in our lives and 365 times touching other lives blessings a year. Imagine the multiplier effect! With God, all things are possible. Praise His holy Name. We start out with only one and win them one by one. Soon it will be no secret what God can do, what He has done for others He will do for you. Miracles everyday. How about that? Want it enough to take the first step? Go for it! Just do it!

    • For a couple of years, I have tried to talk with at least one person each week – on my shopping day, which is about the only time I meet strangers now. I find that lonely and sad looking women can nearly always be found sitting on a seat in the shopping centre, and they welcome a bright smile and a few words, and are more than happy to accept a Gideons New Testament with “where to find help in time of . . .” in the front.

      God’s Word is powerful and I pray it will speak to their hearts.

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