Do you know of something that has withstood the test of time? What keeps it going and what clues tell you the story of its longevity? Is it sheer strength, quality of craftsmanship or its inner will and workings? These questions filled my mind as I reflected on strength this week. A week where the common thread leaned toward weakness rather than what brings strength. A walk this week led me to a clue that turned me in a different direction and changed my perspective.
An old, weathered bridge resides off to the side of the main road I travel each day as I leave my neighborhood. I rarely notice it as I drive in and out of my community. As I was walking the other day, the bridge crossed my line of vision. I snapped a few pictures and went on my way. This morning, the snapshot came to my mind as I was reflecting on strength. What allows this bridge to stand majestically after so many years? Where are the clues that tell the story of strength and longevity?
There is a name etched on the side of the bridge. It has faded over time, but one that could lead us to the story of the bridge and its beginning. Hidden in the cracks and crevices are treasures not only of the untold stories, but the answers to the questions of how it survived so long. One bridge–many stories–a testament to strength.
I may never know the history of this bridge, but when I look at it through my questioning eyes, I see strength, beauty and a willingness to survive. Maybe the stories are not as important as knowing that there is something inside of each of us that portrays the same qualities as the bridge. Somehow we withstand the test of time when we surrender our story to the One who wrote it. We become strong on the days we only feel weakness because we submit our brokenness to God in humility knowing without Him we remain shattered pieces needing to be put back together again. It is in our brokenness that we find strength.
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This week I will remember from whom I get my strength. I will trust that God will continue to write my story and I will let Him turn the pages when He is ready. We can:
Rejoice in the provision of the Lord.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:10-11
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
Know that God provides strength even in our weakness.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want and I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13
Hold onto the truth that God is faithful
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
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