Written by Robin Denison
Today I would like to share a personal story about the bridge in this picture with you. This bridge is located on a trail I frequently walk. I do not know the name of this bridge or if it even has a name. However, I have fondly named it Hope Bridge, and I'll explain why.
About three years ago now I was walking along this trail. At that particular time, my life, as I perceived it, was in shambles. I had significant loss, grief, and trauma in my life. Walking seemed to give me a sense of peace and relief, therapy of sorts, I suppose.
One day on my morning walk, I noticed this bridge. I had passed by it several times in the past, but this particular day it caught my attention, so I decided to check it out.
As I stood on the bridge looking at the stream of water swiftly passing under it, I sensed Holy Spirit speaking to my heart. I understood that this was a moment of decision, and little did I know that decision would be the beginning of a healing journey for me. As an act of faith, I stood there with tears streaming down my face picturing myself cast all the grief, trauma, and hurt into that little stream and watching it drift away. At that very moment, for the first time in many months, I felt hope in my heart again! And I sensed Holy Spirit speak to my heart, reminding me of this scripture:
"So, here's what I've learned through it all: Leave your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you." Psalm 55:22 TPT
It was a new beginning for me that day standing on Hope Bridge. I had to choose. And I would love to tell you that everything has been rosy and smooth sailing after deciding to cast my cares upon Jesus that day. The truth is, it is a journey of casting daily. The reward: Freedom!
My friend, today you can choose as well. I want to encourage you to cast your cares on the Lord. He does indeed love and care for you. There will be a process of working through things, but joy truly comes in the morning (Psalm 30:1-5).
Praying for you to have a blessed and hope-filled day!
Photo and Written by Robin Denison