My heart's desire is for you to realize how valuable and precious you are, to know that you are a dream of God come true. While raising six children, I have had to depend on the Lord to give me certain nuggets of truth and insights into being a child of God. I would love to share these nuggets with you, hopefully bringing you closer to Him and a life filled with joy and peace.
Today I went on a photo shoot with my photography group. We shot pictures of old bridges here in Oklahoma. As we went from bridge to bridge, I kept thinking about the purpose for which bridges are built. A bridge gets us from one place to another, that we couldn't get to very easily if it wasn't there. Even in this world of advanced technology, we are still very much in need of bridges. I'm sure we could drive the long way around to get the other side or charter a boat to get there. But it's a much more direct route, with less trouble, just to drive a car across the bridge.
Some of the bridges we came across were literally broken in half. Some of them were crumbling at the base or had big holes in them and some had big metal pins missing while others were literally crooked. These bridges were no longer of any use and long forgotten. But others were still strong and able to carry the weight of cars or trains to the other side. I remembered that old song, "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and I began to see a parallel in my mind. What if we could be bridges in this life, helping others on their journey to the place God has given them a dream to reach? Are we strong and fit? Can we play a role in getting them to some point where they need to be? Or are we broken, crumbling and weak, ourselves?
I want to be ready if the Lord brings someone into my life who needs a helping hand across troubled waters. I want to be strong and able if need be. But if I don't have a strong foundation or if I am crumbling with weak places and holes, then it could spell disaster for the one who trusted me to help them get across a great divide. There have been times in my life when I needed to lean on a friend; I needed a strong bridge to help me make it through a tough situation. I praise God for bringing me strong solid people who wouldn't crumble under the weight of my sadness, doubt or hurt.
I pray that if you need someone in your life to help you through a rough patch, through troubled waters, God leads you to someone who is firmly rooted and planted in Him. My hope is that you find someone with the strength to help carry you through to the other side where victory is awaiting you. And if you are that person who is in a strong place, not swayed by the fast moving waters, I pray you be on the lookout and keep a tender spirit for those who are in need of a bridge over troubled waters.