Sydney is a beautiful city, and many will recognize this icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, that they see across the world every year on New Year's Eve. The fireworks are shot all along the foreshore and the bridge itself is a blaze with fireworks abundant.
I shot this photo this week, lying down on the walkway by the being-renovated Intercontinental Hotel. A great spot with such views and although my shot needs more work, and I'll have to go back to try again another night, I thought you might like this.
It's posted in "Shot of the Day", a new set of mine on Flickr. During 2012, I'm putting up one each day on that set. This allows me to be de-selective and help you enjoy walking along with me in my life, in my journey, in my daily walk.
Ponder this one. The elegance of the Coathanger (nickname for the bridge when it was built about 1936). Ponder the capacity to link separate bodies of land. Imagine life before the bridge and then just after. When people who were separated were then able to walk to each other, or ride a bike to each other, or drive a car and be there almost immediately.
Today we take transport for granted. We honk at people who are not travelling the minimum speed on the roads. (which actually is the maximum, but we digress). We scurry and hurry to appointments and look for ways to go faster. In cars, planes, and fast rivercats. But back in 1936 it was about linkage, and that was enough. Access to the 'other side' of life and that's significant.
The Bible says that both Jews and Gentiles can access God. (Ephesians 2.18). What better represents our separation as Jews and Gentiles than the harbour in Sydney?
Before the coming of Y'shua as our Messiah, only Jews could access God. Gentiles could access God if they became Jews first. But after the crucifixion and the resurrection of Messiah Jesus, access is granted now to everyone, whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Actually the bridge is a great image, but a bit weak. Both Jews and Gentiles were far from God in a way. Both of us were across the river. Both needed help to get to God. And in Y"shua, the Gesher, the Bridge, we can all access God.
Eph. 2.17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near,
Eph. 2.18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
Eph. 2.19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
Now we can all cross the bridge. We can all reach God. One person at a time. Not related to our ethnicity, but related to our faith!