It’s Hard to Fish in Paradise: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

So, on to the next stop in our R’n’Rs’n’B’n’B’s tour (alias “Rambles and Reflections in Byways and Broadways”…of Britain at the moment).If you want a thrilling adventure, walk across the Carrick-a-Rede…a swinging bridge built by hardy fishermen along the North Channel of the Irish Sea.  The bridge is 60 feet long and stretches across a chasm that is 80 feet deep.  (Don’t look down if you’re acrophobic!) Early every spring the fishermen reinstall the bridge so they can catch the abundant salmon that swim past through the channel and out to the open  sea.

The scenery is so spectacular that people come from miles around to see the views (or, from nations around, as it turns out, since it’s become a World Heritage Site) 🙂And so…how could we resist?!The sky was bright and beautiful…and the wind biting and COLD!But, I have to say that other than having to have a bit of pluck to brave the elements on such a chill spring morning, a touch of courage to jaunt across the chasm,  and a bit of common sense to keep from falling over the steep edges of the cliffs…It was an absolutely exhilarating adventure.

Alan and I read the Bible together every morning, and this morning I read these words from the Apostle Paul, whose friends were trying to persuade him to stay away from Jerusalem for his safety: “I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:13). Paul was so determined to share the “good news” that Christ died for us so that we can, by faith in him, receive forgiveness for our sins and inherit eternal life…so thrilled with this wonderful truth…that he spent his entire life “fishing” for men. He was like the hardy fishermen, finding ways to cross the chasm, braving the storms and raging seas (he was shipwrecked 3 times) and continuing to share the love of God until the day he died. WOW! Shame on me that I will cross the ocean to see gorgeous scenery but hesitate to share the gospel with those around me when they seem uninterested.

“And now, Lord…grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word” (Acts 4:29)

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