A little over a week ago, I was reading and came across this saying. “Cry a river, build a bridge and then get over it.” The simplicity of this statement struck a cord with me. In that vein, I would like to share my thoughts about it. I do not remember who wrote this. I take no credit for the wording.
Life happens…pain, loss, betrayal, disappointment, etc., etc.., etc. We cry out to God during these challenging times or at least we need to. He understands. We do not need to bear these challenges alone. Isolation is not the key. He is with us. He did say He would never leave us nor forsake us.
Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”
We don’t need to bury our emotions. He gave them to us as a gauge for our lives. Anger and fear tell us when danger is near. These emotions compel us to make the right move at the right moment in time. Emotions are not to have control over us. We are to have control over them. Okay, so we have cried our river. Let’s now build the bridge.
Building that bridge means we make the plans necessary to move forward. This also requires us to go to God. He knows the plans that He has for us and they are for good and not for evil.
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Once the plans are drawn up, you begin building. God has all the tools needed to move forward in building this bridge. Seek His face for all the extra tools along the way. You see, surprises still come up along the way. We have God’s compassion, mercy, provision and protection though; so, we are ready for those surprises..
Then, last but certainly not least, get it over it. Time to move on. Move forward on the journey to help others. Yes, we do help others by sharing the Gospel. We walk it out. It seems that I have made this very simplistic. The steps truly are simple. It is just very hard to go through the pain. Even now, though, you don’t have to go it alone. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We do have brothers and sisters in Christ who also help us along the way.
Somehow we seem to have gotten away from the simplicity of this journey. It is hard, yes, but simple nonetheless.
Cry your river…build your bridge…and get over it.