On the Verge of Collapse
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
Recently, we learned of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. If you’ve seen the security camera footage, it’s pretty scary, really. It all looked like a typical afternoon commute across the I-35W bridge, when suddenly and without warning, the bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River below. At the time of this writing, twelve deaths have been confirmed and it is frankly amazing so many people who plunged into the river survived.
When we think about bridges, (at least until recently) the vast majority of us never give a moment’s thought to whether or not they are structurally sound. We simply drive across them. It’s such a matter of trust for us, that we (at least up until recently) don’t even consider the possibility that they might not be safe.
As such, I am reminded of the many people around us everyday, including the people who make up our world of relationships. Some bear the physical scars of life and some don’t. Typically, we don’t give a moment’s thought to what is going on in their lives. Yet, many people bear tremendous emotional and spiritual damage – interior damage that few, if any of us, see. Like an unsound bridge that looks normal, but is critically damaged in places unseen, most appear as though all is well in their lives. Yet, some teeter at the brink of collapse from the wounds that have weakened them.
In the Minneapolis bridge collapse, heroes emerged: People caught on the collapsed bridge and rescue workers who quickly arrived at the scene. These were people who courageously put their own lives at risk to help those caught up in the tragedy. What a great reminder that we, as Christ-followers, are called to be spiritual and emotional rescue workers in the lives of those around us.
In the New Testament book of Jude, we read, “Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy…” (Jude 22-23, NLT)
Today, decide to look below the surface of the lives of people in your world. Chances are, there is someone you know who needs your support. Through your love and care, you can help to prevent someone from suffering collapse.
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1. Who, in your world of relationships, can benefit from your support and care?
2. Specifically, identify a way that you can help carry someone else’s burden today.
Hebrews 3:13; 10:25; 12:14-15; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; John 15:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:8
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