On our farm lies a ravine just to the south of my shop a 100 feet or so. This ravine sufficiently feeds more than enough water to a very pretty 17 feet deep pond we built as a focal point behind the house. We built the pond before construction of the new home to make certain the setting was going to be in the desired place. With all of the trees and shade it is a very park like setting.
For a year or two I had wanted to build a nice bridge across the ravine. In dry times you can walk through it and in a place or two I can jump it. Often times it is full of water or is muddy. The land behind the pond isn’t landlocked, but it is a longer ride or walk around to the opposite side of the pond. A bridge would make it much nicer and I love to always be improving a place, especially with unique structures. The width of the bridge needed to be at least wide enough to allow a big four-wheeler to easily pass through.
Last Spring, with the able help of one of my son-in- laws, Nick, we began the project. All of the materials were purchased, or scavenged, and the work began. Within only a day or two of labor, and a few short shifts in the evening the bridge was complete. As you can see in the photo the bridge is very substantial, nice looking, and very usable. We have had requests to use it for some events and have allowed them to use the site. It should be there for many years because we built it to last.
There are many very large bridges in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge around San Franciso is almost 3 miles long and was a huge feat when completed in 1933. Tens of thousands of motorists use it daily to cross a span of the Pacific Ocean. It is a remarkable man-made accomplishment.
The Brooklyn Bridge is another of the worlds great bridges in New York City and is the oldest suspension bridge in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. This is another of mans huge accomplishments to bridge areas not easily accessed.
I began to think of “bridges” in light of Scripture. There is very little in my life that I don’t think of this way; and I couldn’t think of a bridge ever being mentioned. I pulled my concordances from my bookshelves an poured through the pages to find no mention of a bridge or bridges.
In my pondering of the thought it occurred to me that the omnipotent Ruler of the universe needs no bridges. He merely separates the water for His people to go through on dry ground and the direct path is safe for passage. In another situation Jesus just walked on water. Wow!! How incredible!!
In my life, sometimes I still try to build bridges. There are a couple of situations that I would love to construct the grandest, strongest bridge to quickly reach the other side safely for all traveling on it with me. Waiting is hard for something that you really cherish. But after contemplating on the omnipotence (all powerfulness) of God I realize that at just the right time He will open the waters up for me, and I shall walk (or run) through on dry ground at the proper time. And the destination and prize will be so worth waiting for.
What a lesson from a wooden bridge.
Until next time, Lord willing,