My husband and I went to San Francisco on our honeymoon, and there we had plenty of photo ops with the Golden Gate Bridge serving as backdrop.
Historically speaking, connecting San Francisco with Sausalito was no easy feat. Due to the complex challenges presented by the strait; strong tides, wind, fog, and the San Andreas Fault located just 7 miles offshore, the Golden Gate Bridge was considered “The Bridge that couldn’t be built”. But one engineer came forward with a plan that he claimed could be built. His name was Joseph Baermann Strauss. His idea was to build a suspension bridge.
Suspension bridges suspend the roadway by cables, ropes or chains from two tall towers. The pressure applied to the ropes travels from there to the towers. The towers then dissipate the compression directly into the earth.
Strauss believed a suspension bridge would be a solution to their problem, and he was right. Finalized and opened to the public on May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has meanwhile stood the test of time.
Comparing our lifetime to a suspension bridge, Lloyd George Elliott (1919-1970), a Canadian nuclear physicist wrote:
“The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires. What you do in life depends upon what you are and what you want. What you get from life depends upon how much you want it, how much you are willing to work and plan and cooperate and use your resources. The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables that you are spinning now, and that is why today is such an important day. Make the cables strong!”
Habits, attitudes, and desires – a lot of our daily actions are driven by them. To avoid decision overload, our brains establish neuron pathways each time we learn something new. Going forward, we will revert back to past experiences. Thus a new habit is formed. Our brains are very much like sponges. They soak up the good and the bad. Blessed are the people who develop good habits and avoid the corrosion of bad influences. The first psalm of the book of psalms says as much (Psalm 1:1-2)
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked (…) but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”
A beacon to our thought life is the Word we receive from the Lord. Through the noise and distraction, it’s well worth our effort to set aside time to be alone with Him. Let God speak to your heart, my friend! His affirmations are the solid rock withstanding the test of time.