One of the reasons which keeps me in check and makes me seriously reconsider before ever even trying to sneak, “out there” one more time is an experience I had the last time I did.
I was walking under an overpass, a bridge, and noticed blankets in the uppermost parts of the construction. It was where people slept. I have been homeless before but never have I had to “live” in this way. What’s the reality? I could be made to do so. God spoke to me when I was finishing my mess and said, “The next time you do this, you will find your sleeping quarters under a bridge.” Let me be honest about one thing, I never wanted to learn if I truly heard this message from God or if it were my imagination. Too many times when I believed God was speaking to me eventually what was said came to fruition. I know God is never wrong and I was not about to try Him and see if I were wrong. You see, I would lose in both situations. If I were wrong, I would be dealing with full-blown addiction again and I certainly didn’t want it. And if God weren’t wrong, then I’d be sleeping under a bridge courtesy of the Department of Transportation of the State of Georgia.
A bridge’s purpose is to get you from one side to the other safely. He’s already given me such a bridge in Christ. He is getting us to God safely. He’s provided the Holy Spirit to continually point you to Christ. And, the most fascinating thought I keep in mind is I have a “guardian angel” whose task is to be a bridge protecting me from those things I cannot see. So, it doesn’t make sense to me to thwart all of these “bridges” and find myself sleeping under one. If I have to do so one day, let it be due to the economy or because I’m trying to reach a brother or sister or some other reason than it being a penalty of sin.
God has never failed to keep His word regarding us, whether for our detriment which is ultimately for our best, or whether a blessing.