Across the bridge

A man had a vision that he was crossing a dangerously hanging bridge over a gushing river. While he crossed half way, the bridge began to creak, threatening to collapse. He was scared. But to his surprise he found God standing at the other end of the bridge.
He cried out “Lord give me a hand and save me”.  But the Lord remained where he was and said “Keep walking towards me”.  The man was hurt that the Lord did not come forward and extend a helping hand and said “Lord, I need a helping hand and you are just standing there”.  The Lord repeated his call “Keep walking towards me.” When the man reached the end of the bridge, he found the Lord holding the edges of the bridge with his hands. The Lord extended his hands and hugged the man after and let the bridge fall.

There are many moments in our life when we feel God is silent. The betrayal of a loved one, a financial loss, fear of the future, a health problem, unemployment or failure in its various forms can be those dark moments we go through.  It is only when we stay focused on the face and voice of God do we tide over all these dark moments. The Lord is with us in our joys and sorrows.  We are never alone.  Jesus was there to share the joy at the wedding feast at Cana.  He was also there at the death of Lazarus.  He even wept with those who wept (John 11:35).

The Psalmist had an uncompromising trust in the Lord and always felt his abiding presence. “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. In my distress I called to the Lord. I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears”(Psalm 18:2-6) “The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand (Psalm 121:5). King David sings “The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?”

A man named Job in the scriptures went through the worst of suffering. He went through financial losses, sickness and disease, abandoned by friends and his own wife urging him to curse God.

But his trust in God was so much that he said “Even if the Lord slays me, I will trust in Him” (Job 13:5) The Lord restored all his fortunes and his health.

Keep walking towards the Lord.  Across the bridge He stands holding it till you cross. It does not matter what the future holds for us so long as we know who holds the future.

Courtesy: Deccan Herald