I’m not sure if it was the Amanda Cook song playing, the engineering feat, or my heart mourning over all of the metaphorical bridges I’ve burned throughout my life that moved me so much. But there I was teary-eyed at the sight of a bridge being built. Something about one piece of land connecting to another, the intentional dreaming and planning, and the out-of-the-box mindsets it takes to construct such a structure caused something inside me to explode. The Holy Spirit was definitely beginning to speak… (Not to mention the next morning my daughter was talking to me about building bridges at school. Coincidence??!)
Throughout my life as I transitioned from one place to another I almost always left relationships in the dust. The roots of rejection spoke clearly. “Don’t reach out, they may not want to hear from you.” “Don’t try to connect, you’re relationship is worthless to them.” Queue the gasoline and light the match. Burn the bridge. This wasn’t always caused by my transitions. When others left, the same fears would take over. Who knew that a simple video could shed light and begin the healing… Thanks, YouTube. 🙂
Jesus was a Bridge Builder. He came as a man to connect heaven and earth. He came to connect the Redeemer to the sinner, to connect the Healer to the sick, to connect Love to the broken hearted, and to connect Hope to the hopeless… He came to connect us to Him, and to connect us to each other.
And then He commissioned us to be bridge builders, taking the Love we have received and giving it freely and boldly to those around us.
I’ve been asking the Holy Spirit to show me simple ways to be a bridge builder to you and others around me. Here is what I have so far:
- Seek to understand. Don’t assume.
- Pray for the people in our spheres of influence. Ask God to use us to build towards others in courageous authenticity.
- See the value and treasures on the other side. It’s easy to see what’s different and wrong with others, allow God to give us His eyes for others.
- Do the hard work to bring connection. Forgive.
To those whom I’ve cut off in years or months past, please forgive me for allowing fear to rob me of your friendship.
While this is something God is doing in me on a personal level, I also want to address this as a word for the Church as a whole. The bridge in the video was built as a bypass to the Hoover Dam connecting Nevada to Arizona. The road leading up to the bridge on the Dam had many hairpin turns and didn’t permit the large amount of traffic in the area to move through freely. When building this bridge they first corrected the road, making a straight path in Nevada, “The Silver State’” (silver prophetically representing Wisdom). The bridge connected Nevada to Arizona, “The Copper State” (copper prophetically representing tools and weapons). I feel that as the Church courageously begins to operate as bridge builders, individually and within church communities, the Lord wants to bring together the Wisdom and the Tools that the Lord has imparted to his people. I believe that the choices that individuals make affect cities, and the influence of cities affects states, then regions, then nations.
I say all this to say: courageously, and in Love… I want to be a bridge builder. Are you with me?