Standing Strong

The Golden Gate Bridge is a famous, orange-red-colored bridge that spans across the strait of water at the mouth of the San Francisco Bay. It connects San Francisco with other areas of California. The Golden Gate Bridge is no ordinary bridge; it is a suspension bridge.
Suspension bridges are not only cost-effective because they use less material, but they also have a deck supported by cables. This means the road across is more flexible, able to handle high winds, and earthquakes with minimal damage. These types of bridges are considered more effective than fixed bridges.
Since its completion, The Golden Gate Bridge has been standing majestically in the strait for over 77 years. Thinking about that bridge makes me wonder how I will be standing in the straits of life when I am 77. Am I going to be fixed and ridged cracking under the stresses of life, or am I going to be flexible and adapting to all that life sends my way? Am I going to stand proud and strong because I have overcome, or am I going to be crumbling and grumbling about how miserable life is?
Now is the time for renewal and for figuring out how you will construct yourself over the waters of life. The choice of how to build and what to use to build your bridge is all up to you. You can use materials that last, and a design that is flexible, adaptable and able to withstand life’s storms. Or you can use materials that look good and at the time seems like a good idea but are not substantial and crumble at the first sign of rain. At the end of the storm, you may whine and moan that you have to start all over again, because your bridge did not withstand its first test.
Once you build your bridge, you also need to keep it up to code and adapt to changes. As time goes on, you may have to modify and strengthen your bridge to have it function more effectively. If you used proper materials and a good design, it will be easier to maintain. Also, if you start out with the right materials when you are young, changes that need to be made later will likely be less costly when adjustments and reinforcements are necessary to withstand the constant pressures of life. It is most important to be prepared for the unexpected. Remember, if you begin with the right materials and modify when needed, your bridge will be able to stand strong against the elements for a lifetime.

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on a rock. When a flood came the torrent struck the house, but could not shake it, because it was well built. Luke 6:46-48

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