the bridge

After our daughter and son-in-law married seven years ago, my husband and I planned a short weekend getaway to the beach. We had just had a fun summer of planning and partying and hosting events for their big celebration, and we looked forward to this weekend away. Our daughter had moved with her husband to a new town and was looking there for a job.

As my husband and I were near the completion of our journey, crossing the long bridge across the bay and almost to the beach, our daughter called us and announced that she had found a job. As we drove across that expanse of water she gave us details about this work that would be her first experience using the knowledge she had gained in graphic design while obtaining her college degree. We were thrilled to hear the good news!

Recently our son also graduated from college. For his first job using the knowledge gained with his civil engineering degree, he had been to several interviews, including a second one with a company he really wanted to join. He had hoped to know something definite before our family vacation, yet he knew nothing the morning we left on our drive to the beach.

“I am sure they will call you before we get to Birmingham,” I reassured him, but there was no word there, or in Montgomery, or as we left the Interstate to travel the smaller roads. Later, as we began to cross the bridge across the bay and almost to the beach, he received an email from the man he had interviewed with, telling him to enjoy his trip. He asked our son to call them when he returned home, because they were ready to make him a job offer. Once again, we were thrilled to hear this news!

How ironic that these experiences were so similar for both of our children. And how fitting that they were “crossing a bridge” to a new time in their lives – from college to the work world, from childhood to adulthood.

Yes, how thankful we all are for the ways God works in our lives – as we go from one stage to another, He is bridging the gap, ever leading us on.

7 thoughts on “the bridge

  1. elsie says:

    Congratulations to you and your children “crossing the bridge.” It is funny how you received the news on the bridge. Life has a way of working out.

  2. I love that whole metaphor of crossing to that new place. I’m glad that they are on their way. I also believe that our God is our mainsail directing our sometimes difficult path. xo

  3. Lives changed as the scenery changed. Wow! What a coincidence that the same thing happened for both of your children.

    This is an excellent metaphor. What a delight it was to read this slice.

  4. Jaana says:

    Isn’t it wonderful how God organizes our lives! Even he uses these metapors!

  5. Tara Smith says:

    Wow, that is a special bridge to cross- for all of you. Congratulations!

  6. This piece of writing just adds to the belief that truth is much stranger than fiction. What synchronicity! Loved the role the bridge played in this piece. A family story that will endure…

  7. Terje says:

    What a story to keep and share. It really makes you wonder how things work out in life.

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