PURPOSEFUL BUILDER

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6

 An article in the New York Daily, recounting the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, sites that, “Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903) succeeded her father-in-law, John Roebling, and her husband, Washington Roebling, as the field engineer aiding her disabled husband to completion of the Brooklyn Bridge.” The Brooklyn Bridge was the dream and vision of John Roebling, but three days into the construction one of his feet was badly crushed and he died in agony two weeks later after he tried to self-medicate using unsterilized water.

His son and chief assistant, Washington Roebling then took over the enormous project, but soon became paralyzed, deaf and mute after suffering from a bad case of the bends from diving to secure the foundation for the bridge. Emily then stepped in to assist her husband and to see the bridge to its completion. She did this by developing a communication system with her husband through blinking his eyelids. John would direct Emily from his Brooklyn Heights bed and she would direct the construction. As time went on Emily took on more and more responsibility becoming an “accidental builder and engineer.”  As time passed, her responsibilities increased and as reported, “Mrs. Roebling applying herself to the study of engineering, and succeeded so well that in a short time she was able to assume the duties of chief engineer.”

In contrast, God’s design of our lives is no accident at all. In fact, His plans were laid out for our lives before the foundation of the earth, according to Ephesians 1:4. And, in Jeremiah 29:11 we see that His plans for our lives are good and extremely purposeful.

Think about it, if people like Emily Roebling can accomplish so much by accident, how much more, with or cooperation, can the Father accomplish on our behalf?

Today, we can rest in the truth that the Father has great plans and purpose for each of our lives. Regardless of what life, circumstances, or the adversary may through our way our Father will see His plans for our lives through to the very end.

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