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Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)
TITLE: Where am I?
By Tim Brooks
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Mountains rose up on both sides and he felt very small. Suddenly a rumble shook his world.
He immediately ran to the other side of the bridge, leaping for the rock path as the ropes snapped and the bridge fell.
What am I going to do now? he thought.
Then the memories hit him.
The first time he gave in to temptation and took a piece of bubble gum from the corner grocery store. The first time his trembling hands put the bottle of beer to his lips, and the first time he took drugs.
Another flash and he remembered the lies he told and the money he stole from his mother. The first time he went to a store where no one knew him to buy a dirty magazine, liquor and find more drugs.
More and more memories rushed at him like a locomotive. They came so fast. He screamed in his mind for it to stop, but they didn’t.
“God help me,” Johnny said.
He remembered the Bible stories he learned in church and the Ten Commandments, and the love he felt when he talked to Jesus.
That was so long ago, he thought. “What have I done?” he said out loud as he began to feel shame.
And for the first time in a long time, Johnny prayed. “Please forgive me. I have sinned, and I don’t deserve your help. I hope You still love me.”
In an instant, Johnny saw pictures of Jesus. He saw Jesus being beaten, spit upon and finally hung on a cross. He heard the words, “It is finished.” And he also saw Jesus say to him, “This is how much I love you.”
“I’m sorry for the things I’ve done in my life,” Johnny said. “Please forgive me and come into my heart. I want to follow you.”
Instantly, Johnny saw Jesus stretch out his arms across the ravine, and make a bridge. He was saved.
He opened his eyes and recognized his room. He was wet from sweat and his bed was soaked, but Johnny knew what had happened and what he needed to do. He slid off the bed and landed on his knees. He folded his hands and prayed for the first time in a long time, “I’m sorry for my sins and I ask your forgiveness. I ask you into my heart so you can be the Lord of my life. I will follow you.”
Johnny smiled and had real joy in his heart for the first time.
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