Have you ever wondered just HOW a suspension bridge was built across a wide chasm?
How did they START to build it?
Did they start from each side – hanging out over nothing?
Maybe they used skyhooks?
Here in Australia a TV advert for a superannuation fund tells us with a catchy, lilting tune, “From little things big things grow”
No doubt technology today is very different, but I read the account of how one suspension bridge was built many years ago. It was necessary to bridge a very wide gorge. How could they start to built a suspension bridge?
They began by shooting an arrow across the gorge
from one side to the other.
The arrow carried a tiny thread.
That thread was then used to draw a length of twine:
the twine was used to draw a small rope:
that rope a larger rope and the rope a cable.
In time, the iron chains from which the bridge would hang
were safely drawn across the chasm.
THUS, A VERY WEAK THREAD
LAID THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A GREAT STRUCTURE.
This reminds me of something Jesus said: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Then I also think of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians that God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty and his confidence expressed in 2 Corinthians that when he is (in himself) weak then he is strong (in the Lord’s strength).
As I consider a suspension bridge built across a huge, deep chasm
and consider that it started with a light, weak thread,
I am reminded again of the fact
that faith in the promises of God will see Him at work,
and of the knowledge
that He can and will work in and through this weak child of His
to continue His work here today.
At this Christmas season we have more opportunities than at other times of the year to speak of our faith and of the work of the Lord in our lives.
May we always be ready to be that first light thread to cross the chasm of unbelief and bring hope, peace and joy to someone in need.