Friday, December 11, 2015
Building Lives that Last
The History Channel reports that on November 7, 1940; the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State collapsed. http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp
The bridge was opened on July 1, 1940 and was the third longest suspension bridge in the world. It greatly increase traffic across the Narrows, but it seemed to attract even more people to view a flaw in the structure. It would swing so much in the winds that it was likened to a roller-coaster ride, and earned the name “Galloping Gertie.”
Numerous attempts were made to stabilize the bridge, but all failed leading to the dramatic collapse. A more stable bridge was built using lessons learned from the memorable collapse.
Lives are not so easy to rebuild as bridges. When people use their own understanding, and begin to inculcate error in the life-building process, it usually results in dramatic and far-reaching consequences. Lives are often shattered on the rocks despair as the bridge they presumed safe collapses under the winds and pressures of life in the world.
Scripture tells us in Psalms 1 that there is a way which leads to success and we can have confidence that the Chief Engineer knows how best to build the bridge of life.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version
1Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
4The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
From “A Word For Living” © Mike Rasberry 2005