*Hello there, just want to let you know that this post becomes a discussion post about The Bridge and less of a book review after the first three paragraphs.
Yesterday I finished reading this book- The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury. It’s the first novel I’ve read for the summer and it was very interesting. It’s been some time now since I last read novels, especially one written by Karen Kingsbury. While reading I noticed my thoughts weren’t as they used to be. However, there’s no doubt that I enjoyed reading it and if you’re a reader who likes books written by Kingsbury, I think you’d enjoy it too.
The two things I noticed about my thoughts is, 1: I didn’t imagine this story, playing out in my life and being my story. That may be because I recognize that I have a story of my own, as I shared in a recent post, where Jesus is definitely author and I’m like co-author or participant. 2nd: I’m involved in a romantic relationship and have been for over a year so it was like I didn’t need to picture what was playing out for the main characters could happen for me also.
There’s no need to look for or want a story different from my own when I am thankful for my own story and know that God is involved. It’s the same for those who try to find escape from their own lives in movies or novels instead of using it for entertainment or fun.
Do We Make a Mess of Our Own Blessings?
In The Bridge, Molly decided to wear her mother’s wedding band on her ring finger so she would not be pitied by Ryan (her love interest from college) whom she assumed would be married and have children. She also wore the ring to protect herself and I think, to shield her heart from the hurt she would’ve had if she saw Ryan had moved on and forgot about her. The only thing is, Ryan wasn’t married. He had no children. For a few chapters only us readers and the elder couple know this, Ryan respects that shes married and has a husband, so he controls himself from acting inappropriately towards Molly. All the while Molly allows him to make the assumption that she is married and yet never corrects him until their night at The Bridge. (The Bridge is a Bookstore that has impacted many of its customers; however after a disastrous storm the owner struggles to get it open again.)
What would’ve happened if Molly never missed her flight the night she was supposed to leave to go back home? What if Ryan gave up in the parking lot of the hospital and never pursued her?
Because of the ring on Molly’s ring finger, it gave the impression that she was married. She belonged to someone else and not the man she fell in love with in college – the man that still loved her.
We don’t know what we’ll face in the future ; especially when situations like this happen.
My hope is that the decision and choices we make involve trusting God even if the future holds possible hurt.
I also hope we will make an effort in getting clarity before making a decision based on assumptions. I’ve made a decision without being clear of the situation and i can say its not the best thing to do. Today I’m glad those decisions weren’t life changing and though they were small, the experience gave me the opportunity to learn from them.