THE BRIDGE BUILDER (Author Unknown)
An old man going down a lone highway,
Came in the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossing in the twilight dim, That swollen stream held no fears for him, But he turned when safe on the other side, And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old Man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here, Your journey will end with the ending day, You never again must pass this way, You have crossed the chasm deep and wide, Why build you this bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head.
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said, “There followeth after me today, a youth whose feet must pass this way.
This swollen stream which was naught to me, to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim, Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.
The Word of God
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the days out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. (Galatians 6:1-5, The Message)
Today’s reading: Isaiah 21-23
Really Busy: Isaiah 21
There are times in life when we all come across moments when things are not going well, when we are down, disappointed, frustrated and confused. There are those times when God seems far away.
Every once in a while we come across that valley that must be crossed. We struggle to make it, we go forward one step at a time because that is what it takes to get to the other side. Then that moment comes when we have crossed. We look back and realize that God was there helping us through the challenge. We made it and learned some valuable lessons along the way.
One of the great truths in life is to remember that blessings, joy and fulfillment come when we learn to take our eyes off our own problems and focus on others. We learn to step back and consider how we can help someone else who is traveling down the same road.
I wonder where the Holy Spirit is leading you to “build a bridge” today?
God’s richest blessings on your journey and Be There!