Sunday, December 4, 2011

LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE

Mark and some of his new friends

Daddy and Edy building bridges together

The new Roca Quemada Bridge above and the old one below


I have been thinking a lot about the significance of being a part ofbuilding bridgeshere in the jungle of Costa Rica both literally, spiritually and relationally. Recently Mark and Eden were part of the Roca Quemada Bridge building project here in the Chirripo Mountains. TheAccion Social", the community service department of Clinica Biblica, the largest private hospital here in Costa Rica were instrumental in funding and engineering the project. We as local people all had the opportunity to be a part of this project weather physically or in prayer support. They came out, set up camp and started working. Eden said when she got out there she could not believe what it looked like. They had put up tents, an outside kitchen, bathroom/shower facility, and workers brought their tents to sleep in. The local indigenous that came to help walked in, some hours to be a part of this project, as the river has taken many of their people to their deaths. There will now be approximatley 3500 Cabecar indians that have safe access to healthcare, education, and commerce. The construction part of a bridge is fascinating and you can see the excellent job everyone did and the difference between what was provided and what they had access to by the photos. But something else is what has struck my heart more than even that, it is the actual meaning of the "bridge". Webster’s defines it as a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle. I began thinking about what the bridge signified. One, it signifies "safety"which is defined as: the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss. Two, it signifies a destination which is defined as a place to which a person is going or something is being sent. Three it signifies a connection which is defined as something that joins or connects two or more things.It’s held up by really strong wires and without them it would fall and it gives you something very sturdy and reliable to walk accross on. As I have been pondering this bridge that was just built I began praying that God would use this bridge and the hands that built it to expose the Truth’s of what it really signifies to the people who will be crossing it and that they would want and choose thelifethat’s on the other side. That they would understand that there is a “Bridgethat can be crossed from death to life as it says in John 5:24 “I tell you the truth; those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” That God would illuminate their eyes to see that though physically their walk may be treacherous, God offers safety as David says in Psalm 55:18 “He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.” That there is a destination they can be walking toward that ends in eternity and is not driven by fear Psalm 73:24You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.”And to me the most glorious of all that they can have, just as we all long for a “Connectionthat our hearts were formed to have John 17:21 “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” I pray that you and I no matter where we are in this world would make connections with people no matter where they are or where they are from or what they believe. God had no favorites and my heart desires that I would not as well. Mark 12:14Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully” I also pondered what the team did when they got there. They got ready! They set up camp and were not going to stop till the job was done..hmmmm. John 14:3When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I amthey kept going!! Job 17:9The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” I am also praying that they would know they do not need to walk in their own strength just as they depend on the strong wires and flat sturdy surface to carry them across the bridge that there IS a God, big “G” God that is bigger and stronger then ALL their little “g” gods and that He is the One true God and Savior of their souls. Zephaniah 3:17For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”I praise God for the bridge He built for me in Jesus, Romans 5:10For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son” I was drowning just like many of the Cabecar Indians are in these troubled waters, but truly there is no difference, drowning in sin and death, or being pulled under a raging river. Romans 6:23says, “For the wages of sinis death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” I ask that you pray with me dear brothers and sisters that we ourselves would be bridges, that we would expose the Gospel. We don’t need tobringthe Gospel anywhere; whereverWe ARE" the Gospel is there because we are there and He is in us. God is everywhere, weather we choose to acknowledge Him or not. Let us not tarry in being willing to allow people to walk over us and even stand upon us to test our strength in their weakness if need be for the sake of Jesus Christ and His kingdom.