SPOKANE IS A CITY OF BRIDGES. These bridges are crucial for connecting south and north Spokane. This city has the truly magnificent Spokane River which is a tributary to the mighty Columbia River a hundred miles away. The integrity of Spokane’s structured bridges is based on one major factor: Are the bridges safe and strong enough to cross?
These land-connecting bridges remind me of PEOPLE BRIDGES. Each human being has the potential of being a trusted, safe bridge between other persons, connecting the two. This is because people bridging is based on love. For me, some of my most wonderful relationships have been results of a friend connecting me to one of his relationships. That friend became my connector, my people bridge.
Such personal memories beg these questions:
- What kind of bridge am I?
- How can I be a better bridge?
- Who do I want to be a bridge for today?
- Am I willing to give “a cup of cold water” to another as an act of a people bridge builder?
Spiritually, JESUS BECAME THE GREATEST BRIDGE BUILDER, my great connector to God, by way of the cross and His redemption. He became my bridge over the troubled waters of misplaced trust in myself. I am now secure, safe, protected. I have peace. I do not need to fear.
God has given a promise in Isaiah 33:21, Amplified: God will be for us “a place of broad rivers and streams, where no oar-propelled boat can go, and no mighty and stately ship can pass.” This explains the wideness of God’s mercy for all people.
We can be that PEOPLE BRIDGE to Jesus. Martin Luther King Jr. said it this way: “Everyone can be great… you only need a soul generated by love.”