Glass-bottomed bridges are a big thing in China—or so it seems.
For instance, back in 2011, China opened its Tianmen Mountain Skywalk. This skywalk is attached to the side of a cliff and is 4,600 above the valley floor below. It is appropriately called “the walk of faith.” This is because its transparent bottom gives you a maximum view of the lethal drop below and a minimum view of the protection which upholds you.
The same is true of the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge. The walkway/roadway of this suspension bridge is made up of large two-inch-thick glass panels. Each of these transparent panels gives a thrilling view of the nearly 1000–foot drop to the bottom of a canyon. But the support beneath your feet is virtually invisible. It too involves a “walk of faith.” China’s got another glass-bottomed suspension bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park. This bridge spans a canyon nearly 1,000 feet wide and over 500 feet deep.
These walkways, and others like them, are meant to give the pedestrian the feeling of walking out on nothing but air. This can be so unnerving that first-time visitors invariably come to a halt before proceeding across the bridge’s invisible surface. They have to test to make sure there’s something under their feet to uphold them.
Our Glass-bottomed Bridges
So much of the Christian life is like these glass-bottomed bridges. The problems and challenges we face are far more visible than the divine source of help and salvation. For God calls us to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). He calls us to “see Him who is unseen” (Hebrews 11:27). In other words, God wants us to believe in Him—and in His love and faithfulness—even though we cannot see Him with our eyes.
To make matters worse, the dangers around us are intensely vivid. They are “in our face.” Yet time and time again God proves Himself true. He is really there to uphold us and take care of us. Our heavenly Father has a perfect record in our lives. We have the testimony of millions of saints who have gone before us. Among them was King David who wrote, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor their children begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).
None of those invisible panels beneath our feet has ever broken. None of God’s invisible provision has ever failed. Moses told Israel, “the eternal God is your refuge and underneath you are the everlasting Arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Though it may appear that there is no source of help or support insight, do not doubt your heavenly Father. He will never fail you or forsake you (Joshua 1:5–9; Hebrews 13:5–6).
Dear Father in heaven, into Your everlasting, though invisible, arms I place the salvation of my soul and the care of my life. Never has a saint found You to fail him. Never has a sinner found You to reject him. Your love always proves true, eternal, and unconditional. Therefore, I choose to trust in You with all my heart. Amen.
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