I just returned from a trip which included a stay in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the City of Bridges. While there I saw some of the many bridges. The above panoramic view was captured with my selfie stick and my ever-increasing selfie skills. I was on the observation deck of the Duquesne Incline, four hundred feet above the rivers. If you look closely you will see one of the many bridges behind me.
A bridge is a structure constructed over bodies of water, land or other impassable terrain to join two places. They are necessary for your daily travel and allow you to cross, connect, and climb. They allow you to cross from one side to another with ease. They allow you to connect with the other side and other people avoiding isolation. They allow you to climb to higher elevations without fighting the rough territory.
In John 14, Jesus declared He was the way, the truth, and the life. He was a bridge of sorts. In the beginning, God and man had an intimate relationship. He walked and talked with them daily in the garden. After man sinned, it caused a disconnect, a gulf in the relationship. Sin separated them. A bridge was required, and Jesus was that necessary bridge. His substitutionary sacrifice at Calvary, allowed us to cross the gulf created by the fall. His blood bridged the gap and connected us back to the Father. His death permitted us to climb to higher elevations in Him far above the deep ravines and canyons of iniquity.
Because of Him, we can build bridges to navigate through our life challenges.
If you are swimming in a river of debt that you cannot cross, build a bridge of financial increase with Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
If you have a gulf of turmoil, build a bridge of peace with Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
If you have disconnected relationships that need connection and restoration, build a bridge of love with 1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails.
If you need to climb out of sickness and disease, build a bridge of health and healing with 1 Peter 2:24 …by whose stripes ye were healed.
Cross, connect, and climb, be a bridge builder.
Harriet Noel Jones