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The Unconventional Bridge Builder

A group of people stood atop a great cliff. They were loved by God and had many amazing promises and dreams from Him–a beautiful destiny spoken over them from the foundation of the world.

They peered off this cliff, and faintly in the distance, they saw their inheritance. The promised land, the fulfillment of God’s best for them. They marveled with excitement at the prospect of actually being there.

Smiles danced on their faces until they considered the chasm that stood in the way. “There’s no way to get across! Why would God do this to us?”

Some began to grumble while others began to cry in disappointment. The noise continued to grow until it seemed it would overwhelm them all, but just then, a voice cut through with a clarity that shocked the group into stunned silence.

“What if…” the man began cautiously, “instead of focusing on the great distance we begin to focus on our God who made the promise?”

Some walked away then and said, “It’s too much. Impossible. You do whatever you want, but we’re leaving.”

Those that remained began to lift up their voices in worship and adoration. They declared God’s faithfulness, goodness, and love. They thanked Him for great and small gifts. They opened up their hearts and like a blanket, they began to feel God’s presence drape over them.

In the joy of those moments, not everyone had seen it, but one excited woman shouted, “Look at that!”

“What is it?” said another.

“I think it’s a bridge,” came the reply.

They all began to shout and rejoice. This was it! The promised land would now be accessible! They danced around and laughed at the thought.

“Wait, it’s not finished. It stopped.”

They began to take a few steps onto the bridge, and after finding it sturdy enough, they took a few more.

“Why didn’t it keep going?”

Again some were upset. They turned and walked away. “I don’t have time for this. God dangles a carrot in front of us and then He doesn’t come through.”

The disappointment was palpable. Heads hung down and shoulders slumped, but again another voice said, “But God’s been so good to me. Even when I didn’t understand, He was faithful. When bad things happened, He comforted me and turned it to good.”

Others lifted their eyes and began to agree. They testified of great things God had done in them and for them. Again, God’s presence settled on them and the bridge was being built in front of their eyes.

Attacks from the enemy came to take their focus off His presence. Delays and the cares of life wanted their attention. At every setback, people had the opportunity to turn around and walk away.

“It’s just taking too long…” was a commonly heard lament. Each time those remaining tried to encourage them, but it was often unfruitful.

But those who stayed and found His presence would watch the bridge to their destiny built more and more, getting closer and closer to the glory for which they were made.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.  –1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

There is no such thing as wasted time spent in His presence. You were made for His courts and His glory. Find His presence today and know you’re getting that much closer to perfected destiny.

What are your thoughts on this? What is your normal response to disappointments or setbacks?


  1. Love, love, love this story, Jason! I’m reminded of the grumbling and moaning of the Israelites out in the wilderness as Moses tries to lead them to the promised land.
    We should never take our eyes off God -- He is THE Bridge Builder!

    • Yeah, that was partly where I started. As I was praying, I kept thinking about Moses talking to God about going into the promised land and God said He wouldn’t go but would send an angel. He said (my paraphrase), “Yeah, an angel is good, but we’re not going anywhere without Your presence.” I want that same drive for His presence--that I won’t move until He’s moving too! Thanks so much, Martha! Have a great weekend.

  2. So inspiring!
    I’m tempted to think it’s taking too long. To get discouraged.
    But I’ve discovered that I have more endurance, energy, Faith and patience when my mind and heart are focused more on God than the situations.
    God really is good. He could answer our prayers instantly (and sometimes He does) but He is mpretty interested in our maturing.

    • You’re exactly right. The focus has to be on Him or we get distracted by the delay. And it’s hard for me too. 🙂 I remind myself that what He’s promised me too is not only about me and has to do with others so He’s working and weaving an incredible story (even when I feel discouraged about it all). Thanks TC!

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