This past week, a fire erupted beneath a bridge on a major highway in Atlanta. The fire was so intense that it caused part of the bridge to collapse. Thousands of people depend on that stretch of highway every day, and it is infamous for its rush-hour congestion. Amazingly, thanks to firefighters who got drivers to turn back before the bridge collapsed, not one person died or was injured in this incident.
As I thought about this story, I was reminded of an old illustration that is often used to encourage people to trust Christ as Saviour. If a bridge is washed out in a storm, a wise person would take heed to the sign that says, "BRIDGE IS OUT. TURNAROUND, DON'T DROWN." He or she would take heed to the man standing by the side of the road waving his arms frantically and yelling that the bridge is out. However, the foolish person says, "I'll go and see for myself."
What if some people in Atlanta had decided to ignore the warnings of the firefighters and go see for themselves if the bridge was really out? They might not be here today to tell the story.