The Bridged Life

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The bridged life….what in the world is that supposed to mean?  Two parts of your life have been joined together?  An inter-racial marriage?  You have two totally different jobs or passions that you are somehow linking?

No, no, and kind of but not really.  Actually, I am really into bridges.  Seriously, they are some of the world’s most amazing feats of engineering.  The world’s longest bridge is the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge in China which spans 102.4 miles.  The world’s highest bridge is the Duge Bridge also in China.  It stands at 1,854 feet.  The longest suspension bridge in the world is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan with 6,523 feet of unsupported span.  Woah.  My bucket list includes a trip to each of these bridges because: They. Are. Awesome!

I am actually a big fan of building bridges too.  With help, I have built everything from little bridges across creeks to really solid bridges in bad weather to totally unwanted bridges that will hopefully reveal their purpose sooner rather than later.  The bridge I am currently working on spans 8,110 miles.  Yeah, you read that right: 8,110 miles!  You’ll be able to drive to China in 2500AD baby!

You are probably sitting there right now wondering why, for the love of Cheese Its, I wrote a blog post about bridges….and why you are still reading this blog post about bridges.  It’s probably because deep, deep down, you are also stirred by the spectacular stature of bridges!  I’m sorry, that was too deep.  I get it.  I shouldn’t point out the embarrassing things that move your soul in a blog post.  Moving on.

Before you make me out to be some kind of daydreaming wonder dork (I am a dork, just not a wonder dork), let me say that the bridges I am talking about are relationships.  The long one I mentioned has a lot to do with culture too.  My husband and I are a young, small town American couple living and working in little, big town China (seriously, all of our friends here think this city is small and boring, but there are 4.5 million people!).  So, everything that we do and every new friend we make is contributing to that 8,110 mile bridge.

To be honest, doing life here can be hard.  Though I am here physically, I am still worlds away from understanding this culture and the totally different thinking process these amazing people have; hence the colossal bridge-building project.

If you think about it, we are all living a bridged life as we communicate and fellowship with other people of various backgrounds and experiences.  The purpose of this blog is to serve as an outlet for the lessons, experiences, and hardships God is teaching us as He builds this bridge and many others in our lives.  Having said that, we are young grasshoppers often learning things the hard way; so if you have any bridge-building wisdom or stories you would like to share, we would love to read them!