How many bridges do you cross on any given day you’re on the road? If you took the time to actually count them, I bet the number would be surprisingly high. We cross bridges so often that we simply taken them for granted and pass over without notice. Bridges are simply a way we can cross over obstacles that would otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, for us to overcome. And of course, those obstacles are in between us and where we want to be.
There was a time a few thousand years ago when the Creator walked the Earth with a fellow named Adam. The fellowship they shared must have been truly amazing, however it came to an abrupt end when Adam disobeyed his Creator. That first sin became an obstacle preventing him, and all others to follow, from enjoying fellowship with God. Fast-forward to roughly two-thousand years ago, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth to be our Redeemer. As people redeemed from our sins, we could again fellowship with God. When He died on the cross, Christ became our direct path to the Creator. In fact, Jesus Christ stated that very clearly, as recorded in the Gospel of John 14:6; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The crucified Christ became our bridge to return to fellowship with God.
I’ve driven by it, maybe a hundred times. The sign along Interstate 25 between Douglas and Glenrock reads, Ayers Natural Bridge. Sounds intriguing enough, yet it took me about 10 years to finally check it out. Actually, I tried last month, but found a locked gate and a sign telling me it would be open in April. So yesterday I took a short detour to find out what its all about.
Ayers Natural Bridge is one of only three natural bridges in the United States that have running water flow below. Located in Converse County, Wyoming, this state park is only about 10 minutes off the highway. From April through September visitors can explore this natural wonder, without paying an admission fee. As you exit the highway and head south, the landscape doesn’t compel one to expect anything unique, however after you crest the horizon, the geography makes a sudden change, with red rock outcroppings as you descend to LaPrele Creek. After another mile, you will find a small parking lot located only a short walk from the bridge. While this wouldn’t rank as a vacation destination for most folks, it is certainly worth the short drive if you are traveling through the “Cowboy State.”
When Burdens Become Bridges
Burdens, too, can often be stepping stones to higher ground! A biologist tells how he watched an ant carrying straw which seemed a big burden for it. The ant came to a crack in the earth which was too wide for it to cross. It stood for a time as though pondering the situation. Then it put the straw over the crack and walked over it! What a lessons for us! The burden can become a bridge for spiritual progress if we endeavor by God’s help to live the overcoming life! (H.G. Bosch)
- Natural Bridge Tale (biblioklept.org)