My husband Bill and I went to San Francisco on our honeymoon, and there we had plenty of photo ops with one of the most iconic suspension bridges in the United States: the Golden Gate Bridge. 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!”* (*Source: greatthoughtstreasury.com; web link: http://www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/author/l-g-elliott-fully-lloyd-george-elliott)
Our brains function much like sponges soaking up everything, whether it’s good or bad. Bad influences are counteracted by our healthy habits. In this context Psalm 1 talks about the value of meditating on the Word of the Lord (Psalm 1:2-3):
“But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”
It is ultimately our habits, attitudes, and desires that drive us. One healthy habit is prayer. Sincere prayer allows God’s Spirit unlimited access to our hearts. His affirmations are the solid rock amid waves of trouble and tribulation rolling over our head. Jesus is our lifeline, especially when times are tough. He once said (John 7:38):
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
The living water Jesus provides turns into a well within us that not only nourishes us, but also blesses the people we are in contact with. People rooted in God are a blessing to the world. Our connection to the Lord is paramount and I believe the Canadian physicist is right – we need to make those cables strong.