"We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved."
Are you sure...?
How do you know...?
If you were driving through our community this morning and decided to head across this bridge that spans the Ohio River, would you have continued across the river or turned back for fear that there was no end to the bridge on the other side? Sounds like a pretty dumb question, doesn't it? I think 99.999% of us would have continued to drive right across to the other side. But why? From this angle it does look a little daunting, doesn't it? Is there an end? What's at the end? What would have given us the confidence to continue?
Why would you have continued to drive across the bridge? Might it have been because you had driven across many other bridges similar to this one and always found your way to the other side of the river? Might it have been because after you started to drive across the bridge you realized that with each yard you drove you were able to see another yard into the distance? Often we move right on through the moment and don't even stop to think about all the previous experiences that have given us the confidence to face the fog.
Sometimes we face situations that may make us feel like we're on a bridge that seems to have no end... or at least an end that we cannot see and suddenly we're not sure about the end. I've been on a few of those bridges and felt the urge to stop or turn around. In those times God has reminded me of the other bridges we've crossed together. In those times God has also urged me to take another step and see that the fog is clearing to see the way to the next step. Facing the next unknown through the fog is not necessarily as daunting as it may seem if we remember that we've been on similar bridges in life and God has gotten us through.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that we are not to be, "people who turn back and are lost." Instead, we have faith, keep moving, and are saved by God's abiding love. I pray that God will help me keep moving over the bridge. How about you?
Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia
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