Adrian recently found some unseen images of Tower Bridge in London being built. Since Tower Bridge is my second favourite bridge in the world (my favourite being Pont Alexandre III in Paris), he forwarded the pictures to me, knowing I would be interested. I found them fascinating. Looking at these old black and white photos, you would never guess what a magnificant piece of Victorian architecture would be the result. Half-constructed, it doesn’t look like much.
But by faithfully following Sir Horace Jones’ design, the builders made the magnificent bridge with its superb engineering structure that we still admire today.
It reminded me that the Lord is committed to building something beautiful too. We can’t always tell what He is up to in our lives and, when the going is tough it can be hard to trust that He has a plan. A plan for our good. But He is in control and He guarantees us a glorious outcome. Our part is to trust Him, and to declare our confidence that all things work together for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We need to believe that these light and momentary troubles are just for now, and they are actually achieving for us an eternal glory that will far outweigh them (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). These truths gave me a secure hope in my future last year when I was ill with cerebellar ataxia and ME. Knowing that the debillitating illness (which meant I often had to use a wheelchair and had to rely on Adrian for pretty basic care) was just ‘light’ and ‘momentary’ continuously filled my heart with an impossible joy. To know that weighty eternal glory is mine…. wow, it completely blows my mind!
And these promises are for you too. May they encourage and bless your soul as they do mine.
(To view more ‘unseen’ photos of Tower Bridge, click here.)