Crossing Bridges

I have crossed many bridges in my lifetime, and I’m sure you have, too!

We cross many of them without a thought on our way from here to there. One bridge may take us high above danger, another simply makes the trip a little easier.

Life Bridges

Life bridges, on the other hand, make us pause a moment to reflect on our journey. What will be different on the other side?

Mother and Son

In 2015 I sat waiting while my son had brain surgery. What would we be leaving behind (so, so many things he/we wanted to!), and what would the future hold? That bridge was a faith builder, for sure.

Bride and Groom smiling at one another

On the day my daughter was married, I crossed the bridge from just “Mom” of three to gaining another son. There were no regrets!

I’ve crossed countless other life bridges, from college graduate to professional, single to married to married with children, moving from one place to another, job changes, renter to home owner, loss of a parent, and more.

Life bridges bring change, some instantly and others over time. Some we cross gripping the handrails with white knuckles, others we dance across to the other side. Some crossings are cause for celebration, while others are bittersweet.

Some of us love the changes that life brings, while others are dragged through them kicking and screaming. Whether they bring joy or sorrow, there’s nothing we can do to avoid crossing bridges in this life.

While we can’t avoid the bridges, we can hold tightly to the handrails of God’s promises as we journey across them.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT

We can trust and know that we are not alone, no matter how difficult the journey.

I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

Psalm 16:8

I’ve got gray hairs galore (I left that bridge out of my list!), and I can tell you that God has been faithful through all the years I’ve lived on this earth. I can also tell you that he’s not going to change–he will forever be faithful to his children, holding us in the palm of his hand.

One day we will cross the last bridge of life. Will you be happy to see his face waiting for you on the other side? I do hope you will!

Now it’s your turn:

Look back and see how God has brought you over bridge after bridge in this life. Will you choose to trust him with your next crossing?

Perhaps you’re in the middle of a bridge today. I pray that you are able to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is with you, right beside you.

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