03 July 2011

Under bridge, Brisbane

Under bridge, Brisbane by bobmendo
Under bridge, Brisbane, a photo by bobmendo on Flickr.

It's not what is seen that makes a bridge. Most of the folks who travel this bridge coming into or out of Brisbane Queensland are simply looking at the signs, determining their lane of choice, and hurrying to their destination.

But deep below and years before, before this mindless driver makes up his mind, engineers, politicians, shop keepers, and thousands of others make up their minds about the project of funding and placing a bridge here.

The impact is not momentary, although the vote might be. The effect is not temporary, although the discomfort might be. All done, the bridge accomplishes its intent. It allows drivers and pedestrians and cyclists to make their way easily and smoothly to their destination.

Those of you who read my blogs know that I'm keenly involved in the continuing explanation to Jewish people of the Messiahship of Jesus. And some describe what I do as bridging the gap between Jews and Christians. That's not a term I use, but some use it.

If they are right, then the depths of explosive ground preparation, the years of approval gathering, the organizing of the cement and other materials...all play into the final situation...the crossing of the bridge itself.

Below bridges...not a usual view, not a pretty view, certainly not compared to the beauty or fame of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, the invisible one of Indiana Jones, the one over the River Kwai, Alcántara Bridge, Pont du Gard, Pont d'Avignon, The Chapel Bridge.

I like this one: The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge, is the longest suspension bridge at 1,991 meters (6,532 feet) in the world. It spans the Akashi Strait in Japan connecting Kobe on the mainland and Iwaya on Awayi Island. The bridge took almost 12 years to build and was opened for traffic in 1998. The central span was originally only 1,990 meter but the Kobe earthquake on January 17, 1995, moved the two towers so that it had to be increased by 1 meter.




All that said, bridges are intended to get things from one side to the other. So let's be honest about 1) what it takes to build, and 2) the intentions of our actions.

I invite any Jewish person to discuss with me the issue of Y'shua, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and to determine what we will do with this bridge that is in our way.

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