Bridges in Life
Bridges are wonderful things. They allow us to travel from where we are to where we want to be. Think of bridges you’ve crossed in your travels. Maybe you could have taken a different route and avoided the bridge; but it would have been unnecessary miles traveled.
In life, circumstances and situations we encounter often bring us to a bridge in life. New adventures, opportunities, and possibilities continue to arise. In life, I believe God often places these bridges in our path and beckons us to cross to the other side. He has places he wants to lead us to and purposes for us to fulfill.
Crossing Bridges Requires Faith
What bridges has God placed in your path? The bridges can be new career opportunities or relationships, new avenues of ministry, or new challenges to accept. Crossing bridges such as these can often be scary. We sometimes want guarantees that the changes we’re making are the right ones. This is where we must have faith in God.
You’ve heard the expression that’s says “Don’t burn any bridges.” That saying suggests that we keep our options open in case our decisions don’t work out. It’s somewhat like having a safety net under the tightrope as you walk across. There is always the thought in your mind that says, “Just in case I fall, I’ve got the net.”
God Has a Plan For Your Life
The safety net mentality doesn’t work if you want to become everything God created you to be. Think of Abram in the Old Testament. God told Abram to leave his homeland and go to a place he would show him. God didn’t specify where he was going, only that he would lead him. (Genesis 12:1) God placed a bridge in Abram’s path. God promised Abram he would make him a great nation and bless him. Abram had no written guarantees. He had to trust God and believe in the plan God had for his life.
God has a plan and purpose for your life too. God said in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Bible Examples of Bridges From God
There are numerous stories in the Bible about people that trusted God when a bridge was placed before them. None of them had a safety net or worried about “burning their bridges.”
Read the story in the Bible about when the Israelites were being pursued by the Egyptian army. God opened up a path for them through the Red Sea. (Exodus chapter 14). You can also read about three Hebrew men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They refused to worship a golden idol set up by King Nebuchadnezzar. Because they did so, they were thrown into a blazing furnace. (Daniel Chapter 3).
Read about Peter, the disciple who stepped out of a boat during a storm to walk on water toward Jesus. (Matthew Chapter 14). None of the people in these stories had a safety net or a backup plan in place. Yet, they all were victorious in their situations. They trusted God by crossing the bridge God placed in their path.
Don’t Miss The Blessing of The Bridge
I often wonder how many people have missed blessings in life because they were afraid to cross a God ordained bridge. You can never get to where God wants to lead you in life unless you’re willing to leave where you are. God creates bridges of opportunity and potential blessing, but he won’t force you to cross them.
Throughout life, you will have bridges to cross. Sometimes God wants us to move into a different place in life. There are times God leads us to step out in faith and follow his leading. Trust God and know he loves you and has your best interest in mind. He has great plans for you. As long as you’re trusting God and following his leading, you will be victorious. You need not worry that you’re burning a bridge behind you. You’re moving forward not backward. Besides, if God wanted to take you back to somewhere in life you left, he would rebuild the bridge. God will always get you to the place you need to be if you trust him.
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