View From a Bridge. La Vie en Rose, Part 8

We had never seen so many people in one place at one time. The Eiffel Tower truly is "the" attraction In Paris"! Hardly anyone was moving, and it was difficult to navigate through the crowd towards the foot of the tower. Once we were about half-way there however, we found that we could go no further. The French police had cordoned off the entire area at the foot of the tower.

When I approached the nearest police officer to find out what was going on, he indicated there was a suicide attempt. In other words, someone had decided to "take an illegal walk". We stared up at the tower and sure enough, that "illegal walk" had landed this person over the railing of the Eiffel tower's first floor. Fortunately, there was a police officer in a harness right in front of the person, prayerfully trying to help her change her mind.

In the world-renowned city of love, someone wanted to end her life!

This reminded me of a song from my wilder days, called "View from a bridge", a view of the desperate. But how does one end up over the railing of the Eiffel Tower? How can someone find himself contemplating suicide?

There are many reasons why people make this desperate move. These may include the loss of a loved one, a broken heart, being in financial trouble, and feeling unwanted, to name just a few. In all, these people have lost all hope. They feel that life is not worth living any longer.

But then, one question I always ponder, if we make such a choice, is it possible that life after death might be even less bearable? Is it worth the risk?

Just like the pilot of an aircraft can find himself in a deadly spiral with no hope of pulling himself out, hopeless people also find themselves in deadly spirals, with no hope in sight. What does the pilot do in times like this? He ejects himself from the aircraft and floats safely back to Earth under the umbrella of his emergency parachute.

What most of us don't realize is that we also have an emergency parachute. We could avoid many disasters if we would just use it! Let's think about it for a moment: How many of our problems will still exist a year from now? What about in 5 years? Or 10? For myself, I can't remember any of the problems that I had 5 years ago, even less 10!


Because God is on the move! He helps us out of the mud we get ourselves stuck in. Though we may tend to reject Him, He patiently tugs at our hearts, pointing the way to the path of hope.

"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." (Rom 8:24-25 NIV)

Hope saves!

Feeling unwanted? God wants you! (see 1 Tim 2:4)

Feeling unloved? God loves you! (see Psalms 36:7)

Feeling desperate? God will provide! (see 1 Cor 10:13)

Finding yourself in an impasse? God will help you get out! (see Isaiah 58:11)

Facing the enormity of your evil actions? God forgives! (see John 3:16)
That secret parachute you hold is God, and this is His promise to you: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:6-7 NIV)

Somehow He provides!

In other words, instead of allowing ourselves to become anxious about potential outcomes and possible futures, let's give these worries to God through prayer, thanking Him for taking care of them, and having full confidence that He is true to His word. And believe me, He is!

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28 NIV)

Jesus does not say that He might give us rest. He assures us that He will give us rest. In essence, we are taking our heavy, over-loaded extra-sized backpacks off of our backs and laying them at the feet of Jesus. In return, He will turn them into an ultra-comfortable back supports!

How will you know when you have handed your burdens completely over to Jesus?

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:7)

You will be overcome with Inner peace. This is not a normal kind of peace that we can find on ordinary streets. It comes straight from Jesus, and its purpose is to confirm that indeed we have nothing to be afraid of, for there's hope in Him!

Try it out! It works!

"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life." (Phil 4:6-7 The Message)

The view from the bridge isn't the best anyway. God can give you a much better view from much higher up!

P. S. The French police officer succeeded in saving the girl's life.

Rob Chaffart


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