Bridging the gap

John Augustus Roebling envisioned a way to cross the East River in New York City and convinced state and local governments in 1867 to fulfill his vision for a suspension bridge. The naysayers opposed him, people belittled him, but he built the Brooklyn bridge which still carries traffic even today.

Pennsylvania Railroad President Alexander J. Cassatt wanted to extend service to Manhattan and open a station but Cornelius Vanderbilt, the owner of the New York Central Railroad, kept him out of New York City. Pennsylvania’s road terminated in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan Island. Cassatt saw the distance across the Hudson and decided it wasn’t going to keep his railroad from entering the city. He decided to buy up slums in what was called “the Tenderloin,” and built Penn Station and four tunnels under the East and Hudson Rivers. Such a feat had never been done before.

Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco began Jan. 5, 1933, but at least ten years before, Joseph Strauss saw the gap between two hills and a way to cross it. He had battles with ferry operators, engineers and even the government of California all of which were opposed. But Strauss, like Cassatt, never saw the dividing line. Strauss envisioned the world’s longest span suspension bridge and built it.

Water has always been a dividing line. Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). People have disagreed with it, tried to remove it from their Bibles, said it was never commanded or only belief is necessary. When it comes right down to it, water is a dividing line that has isolated millions of people from God.

Roebling, Cassatt, and Strauss all saw water separating them from what was needed. Instead of concentrating on the difficulty, they bridged the gaps they faced. If you’ve never obeyed the gospel it’s time you thought about crossing the divide that separates you from your God. Do you have the vision to become his child?

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