HANGING BY A THREAD – from little things, big things grow

small beginnings

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.


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.

From little things big things grow

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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2 Responses to HANGING BY A THREAD – from little things, big things grow

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Fantastic lesson for us all. He uses His weak, sinful children to bring about His purposes in this world.
    Just think of the Apostle Paul… he thought of himself as “chief of sinners” and, yet, think of how the Lord used him to accomplish great things.
    What an encouragement to serve Him in spite of our past failures. He is able when we are not!

    May the Lord bless you…. Have a blessed Christmas.


    • >> “in spite of our past failures”

      Yes, Rob, we have MANY past failures, but the best thing about them is that even though we remember them, GOD DOESN’T. What a great God we serve!!!

      I wish you a happy, safe and holy CHRISTmas season, enjoying times with family and friends as you worship Him.


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