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One Wooden Plank At A Time

053You are in a group that is hiking through the woods on a footpath and you come upon an aerial rope bridge that spans a ravine. The bridge looks old and rickety and you are leery to cross it, but the only way across to the other side is this bridge. The people in your group look at one another, trying to decide who will go first. After losing at rock-paper-scissors you are the lucky one to cross first. So, after taking a deep breath and mumbling a prayer under your breath, with sweaty palms and an elevated heart rate, you begin to walk across, one slow careful step at a time, and to your surprise, despite all the creaks and swaying, the ropes and wooden boards support your weight and you make it safely to the other side. Once safely across you chuckle and say quietly, “Never a doubt!”

It is the same with God. He only builds a bridge of faith directly under your feet. He never builds the bridge a few steps in front of you, for then it would not be faith. The Bible tells us that our trust in God is by faith. In Hebrews 11:1 we read this, “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Elsewhere in the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 5:7, we see the same thing, “for we live by faith, not by sight.” The NASB version of the Bible uses walk instead of live. Trusting God is like standing on a cliff in the dark and jumping off, trusting that there is water at the bottom. Not just trusting that there is a God but also trusting that God is sovereign (in control over everything). Trusting that whatever path is in front of you, or despite the darkness of your current situation, that God is in control and He has a plan.

So today, whatever you are facing, just press on in faith trusting that God is building you a bridge, one wooden plank at a time. And as we so often do, we turn to the Psalms for assuring words. Psalm 84:12 tells us, “LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.” And Psalm 91:2, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

10/28/2016

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