2018-10-11 / Opinions

Bridge to Hawaii not so challenging when compared to something else


A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer when he asked the Lord to create a bridge to Hawaii so he could drive there anytime he wants.

“Your request is very materialistic,” the Lord said. “Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of project. The supports would have to reach the bottom of the Pacific. It would take thousands of miles of steel and concrete. It would be hard for me to justify your desire for such a worldly thing. You need to ask for something else.”

The man thought for a bit and finally said: “Lord, allow me to understand women. I want to know what they are thinking when they give the silent treatment, why they cry for no apparent reason, what they want when they say nothing, and how to make a woman truly happy.”

The Lord replied: “Do you want two lanes or four lanes on that bridge.” Southern Baptist preacher David Marlow shared that joke. It could serve as a good reminder to us that “ with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:23).

What seems impossible to us is always doable for our Lord. You may recall from your Bible reading one of the occasions when thousands of people had gathered in a remote area to be with Jesus. As the day wore on, the disciples suggested that Jesus send the people away so they could go get food, because all they had been able to scrounge up was five loaves of bread and two fish.

“Bring them hither to me,” Jesus said. “And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to Heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat and were filled. And they took up of the fragments that remain twelve baskets full” (Matthew 14:18-20).

The disciples didn’t see a way that Jesus could feed 5,000 men, plus women and children, on that day. Jesus showed them. That huge crowd didn’t just eat a little. They ate until they were full.

This miracle reminds us that when we have needs, whether they be large or small, our Jesus can meet them. He “is able to do far more abundantly than we can ask for think” (Ephesians 3:20).

And, yes, if He chose to do so, He could easily create a bridge to Hawaii.

(Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmail.com.)

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