Bridging a New Gap


 A bridge has been building in Pleasant Valley for over 6 years.  Workers atop the concrete span saw every season, every type of weather…every type of delay.

An icon for bridge-builders
In spite of the challenges that were faced in the years toward completion, this bridge has a story to tell.  The effects of the strong Washoe zephyrs which tear through the gulch, as well as the seismic activity for which northern Nevada is known, all make for a colorful storyline.

The thing about bridge-building is that you have to trust the original design.  If the architect can put the vision into the blueprint then the masterpiece can be built.

I know what that is like. I used to paint murals for a living.  I painted them on ceilings and on walls, and on canvas as theatrical backdrops.  You start with a sketch, capturing the idea on paper in black and white, then you transfer the image to the surface and began to loosely apply color.

I HAD to be flexible!
When the piece was really large, I discovered that I had to work in segments in order to honor the integrity of the overall vision which meant that I only saw a tiny piece of the big picture.   

If I worked with another artist I had to be able to convey what I saw in my head in a way that bridged the gap between her way of seeing things and my way of seeing things.

As people of faith we are bridge-builders.

No matter what form your witness may take, only conscious attention to building bridges of connection between faith and the real world will allow your witness to have any significant impact.

The challenge of being translators of the Gospel is that we might miss the mark and say something that we don’t intend, something petty or irrelevant, or something that  just does not matter.

Do not fear!  Don’t let worry of failure stop you from trying.  We might not see the whole picture but we do our best to work at the details and the details are what help bring about the bridge.

Remember a time when it was really hard not to see the big picture?  Like when someone just told you to do something without asking questions?  Or when you were driving up a mountain road in the fog and could only see 3 feet in front of you?  In fact, I remember a time when I had to open the car door and hang out into the road to make sure I wasn’t going over the edge!

God is the master architect.  Together the vision of God will become clear. If you do your part well – the bridge will be built.  Your life will breech the gap for others – of that, my friend, there is no doubt.

Spend a minute in prayer and ask God for specific insight/strength that you need right now to keep building.

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About Monique Jacobs

Director of Faith Formation at Catholic Diocese of Reno; I believe in the connectedness of all people and take joy in my faith. I'm always looking at what else God has in store and where the next invitation to growth will come from.

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