This story hit me like a ton of bricks with lots of tears today after Sunday church, trying to get a nap–but that much needed Sunday afternoon nap slipped right out the door……
Getting Over the Bridge
She brushed the thoughts aside that entered her tired mind that morning. Is the guns locked up safely? Make sure the guns are locked away.
Where did those troublesome thoughts come from? This was just crazy! She was in a hurry. She was in a hurry to get to work. So she said a quick prayer and hurriedly gathered her things, cranked the car and left home.
They were just finishing the job, when more of those thoughts popped into her brain. You haven’t heard from your daughter today. You need to call her right now.
The mother paused for a moment and realized she had not, in fact, heard from her daughter all day. Her daughter had broke up with her boyfriend the night before, and she had held her daughter as she had cried herself to sleep that night.
Mom picked up her cell and dialed the number. It rang several times and went to voice mail. She tried again. No answer. She tried several more times, and by this time, panic had set in. Something was wrong!
As luck would have it, their employers were gone for the day, so the Mom felt the liberty to alert the friend about the terrible gut feeling she had to pray an urgent 911 prayer.
They prayed fervently as they packed up their things and flew to the car. Mom was driving that day, so she pulled out onto the highway, all the while dialing her daughter’s number over and over repeatedly. It was a 10 minute drive back home.
Finally, half way home, the daughter answered, crying hysterically. “Where are you? Why have you not answered the phone? Are you ok?!!” Mom spoke fervently.
The daughter could not answer at first, she was crying too hard. When she was finally able, she told her mom between sobs that she was standing at the bridge, overlooking the bypass near their home!
The mother screamed her name into the phone! “YOU’RE ON THE BRIDGE?!! What are you doing there?You went for a walk? You left your car parked down the road and just started walking to the bridge? The mom repeated. DON’T YOU DO ANYTHING STUPID! I’M ON MY WAY THERE RIGHT NOW! HANG ON BABY!!! HANG ON BABY!!!! DO YOU HEAR ME?!!!!”
The mom hit the gas going over 90 miles an hour, talking and praying aloud with her daughter. She didn’t know what else to do! She could not hang the phone up to dial 911. Thank God no one else was on the road heading towards the bridge.
The friend snatched the phone from the Mom’s hand and hollered, “GO, GO! YOU DRIVE, I’LL TALK.”
The friend knew the daughter well, so she began to talk with her, pray with her, reassure her they were almost there. Then the friend screamed the daughter’s name, and started praying in the Spirit! They just had to round the sharp curve on the right and they would be there at the bypass bridge where the daughter was.
Little did the mom know, but the daughter had just stopped talking into the phone.
Unbeknown to them all, there was a young Christian woman who was traveling down the road on the other side of the bridge, heading west towards that bridge. For some strange reason, she had felt the need to go a different route on her way that afternoon.
As she neared the bridge, she looked ahead and gasped as she saw a teen girl lean over and put her phone down onto the concrete. She could see that she was crying and was about to swing a leg over, to straddle the top ledge of the bridge!
The woman quickly dialed 911 and gave the location and said that someone was about to jump off the bridge.
Screeching to a halt, the woman could scarcely believe what she saw, but quickly sprang into action. Without a concern for her own safety, she called to the girl gently to try to talk her down, but saw she was going to jump.
She was a very strong woman three times her size. It took every ounce of that strength to pull the teen off the side of the bridge. She had a bear-hug grip on her until the girl calmed down. She picked up the teen’s phone and helped her into the back seat of her truck.
The woman heard a voice on the other end of the line and put the receiver to her ear, asking whom she was speaking with. She told the friend that she had the girl safely in the back of her truck.
The mom and friend flew to a stop. The mom jumped out and ran to her daughter. She held her in her arms, but knew she could not cry. She had to be strong for her daughter.
The ambulance arrived and so did several police cars. They checked the daughter out, asked questions from all who were involved.
The ambulance drove the daughter to the hospital and when the mom got back into her car, she fell all to pieces, crying on her friend’s shoulder.
She was broken, their family was shattered, and she regretted not listening to God’s still small voice. She had been too busy…..Would they ever get over the bridge?
There are no doubt, hundreds of thousands of stories like this one–of different people from all walks of life, with different stories telling why they each wanted to take their own life. Some even sadly succeeded. 😭
I felt the need to tell the story from the other side/angle of the potential “suicide attempt.”–a parent’s view. We think we are alone and no one really cares whether we live or die. But that is just a lie told from the “father of lies.”
Not every case is the same. I know there are horrible stories of abuse that make people give up hope they will ever see their way at the end of the tunnel of what they’re going through. But most are like the case in this story, leaving behind a family and friends who love them dearly!
God is so good, just like in this story. He is always wanting to have a relationship with His children. We can hear Him, if we just listen to that still small voice.
Are we too busy to give a listening ear to someone in need of a friend? Then, my friend, we are way too busy! There is not a job, money, or any other thing in this world worth losing our family over or even our own soul!
If you are battling depression, reach out to someone you feel you can trust. A friend, a doctor, family. REACH OUT!!!
I know from battling depression after my mother died, I struggled for years, wanting to take my own life. I’m so glad I didn’t! Even on my worst days, I am so thankful for life!
Yes, sometimes life sucks! There’s no other way of putting it! We may wake up in lots of pain every day of the week. I feel you there! I’m in pain as I’m writing this! It’s a daily struggle for me these days!
Or we may be grieving some sort of loss. A lost loved one, finacial ruin, a lost job, divorce, loss of our independence.
But the fact is, life is worth the living! We have a future home called Heaven, if we endure!
There is an alternative that I don’t really care to talk about, it’s called hell. A place of torment, a place we doom our souls to, if we take our lives.
I’m here for you! If you are battling. I care. And more than even me, God cares what you are going through. He cares deeply! Hang in there! You are stronger than you give yourself credit for my friend!
YOU CAN GET OVER THE BRIDGE THAT IS IN YOUR LIFE. Tell it how big your God is! On the other side of that bridge is a brilliant sunshine, if you just keep the faith! 🙏🌞