In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by the idea of building a spectacular bridge to connect New York to Long Island. However, bridge-building experts around the world thought that was impossible and told Roebling to drop the idea. It just couldn't be done; it was not practical.
It has never been done before.
Roebling couldn't ignore the vision he had in mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and knew deep down that it could be done. He just had to share his dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son, Washington, a novice engineer, that the bridge could, in fact, be built.
Working together for the first time, father and son developed concepts of how it could be achieved and how to overcome obstacles. With great enthusiasm and inspiration and the motivation of a crazy challenge ahead, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.
The project got off to a good start, but a tragic accident at the site claimed the life of John Roebling within a few months. Washington was injured and with a measure of brain damage, which meant he could not walk, speak or even move. "We told them." "Crazy men and their crazy dreams." "It's foolish to chase crazy visions."
They all had a negative comment to make and felt the project should be shelved as the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how to build the bridge. Despite his limitation, Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to finish the bridge and his mind was as wide awake as ever.
He tried to inspire and convey his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too intimidated by the task. As he lay in his hospital bed, with the sun's rays streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze parted the thin white curtains and he could see the sky and treetops outside for a moment.
There seemed to be a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea occurred to him. All he could do was move a finger and he decided to make his best use of it. In doing so, he gradually developed a code of communication with his wife. He touched his wife's arm with that finger, indicating that he wanted her to call the engineers again. So he used the same method of tapping his arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed silly but the project was on its way again.
For 13 years Washington communicated his instructions by tapping his fingers on his wife's arm until the bridge was completed. Today, the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands tall in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man's indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstance. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their teamwork, and to their faith in a man considered crazy by half the world. It stands as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who, for 13 long years, patiently decoded her husband's messages and told the engineers what to do.
Perhaps this is one of the best examples of an attitude that never resigns itself to failure and that overcomes terrible physical limitations to achieve an impossible goal. Often times when we face obstacles in our daily lives, our fences look tiny compared to what others have had to face.
The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be achieved with determination and perseverance, regardless of the odds. Even the most distant dream can be achieved with determination and persistence.
Source: Indian Child
Your God, whom you serve with perseverance, He will deliver you. Daniel 6:16
But the seed in good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with an upright and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with their perseverance.