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jinxmchue
09-18-2008, 12:46 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The new Interstate 35W bridge is open in Minneapolis, a little more than a year after the last one collapsed into the Mississippi River.

A procession of vehicles led by state troopers, emergency vehicles and state highway trucks led motorists across the bridge in both directions shortly after 5 a.m. today. Traffic was heavy as a mix of cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses started streaming across the bridge. Vehicles moved slowly at first, but then picked up speed. Many vehicles honked their horns as they drove across and a few motorists waved American flags.

http://www.wtvr.com/Global/story.asp?S=9030995

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Today in Minneapolis the I-35W Bridge opened at 5 AM, one year and 48 days since it collapsed into the Mississippi River at rush hour (6:05 PM) on August 1, 2007. There are more reasons here to give thanks to God than meet the eye.

From the vantage point of one year later we may offer God several kinds of gratitude that were hard to express last year. Without minimizing the massive pain to the families of those who died, consider this.

If the bridge had collapsed at midnight and 13 people had died, the media would have been (rightly) filled with amazement that only 13 people had died, and officials would have been expressing relieved gratitude that the bridge did not collapse at rush hour. For if it had, surely hundreds would have died.

But the fact is, there was heavy traffic on the bridge at 6:05 PM when the bridge went down and still only 13 people died. This is simply astonishing. It could not be said out loud last year because even the pain of 13 lost (and 145 injured) is not to be minimized.

But now it must be said. Whatever reasons God had for not holding up the bridge at rush hour, he was merciful to spare hundreds of lives. For that we should thank him.

A second kind of gratitude should rise for the common grace of God in the rebuilding of the bridge. God gave the employees of Flatiron Constructors astonishing skill to finish this bridge 98 days ahead of schedule.

There were incentives--$200,000 a day for every day ahead of schedule with a 100 day limit. (So they lost $400,000 by opening on day 98 instead of day 100.)

But apart from money motives, think of the organizational feat of this project. Every part—every specially made sensor, every bar of steel, every ton of concrete, every wire, bolt, and screw, every massive form and its rolling mover, every crane, every unique and rare machine, every specialized worker—had to arrive at the right time in the right place for this bridge to be finished when Flatiron wanted it finished.

And they accomplished this to within two days of their goal to get all $20,000,000 bonus. Astonishing.

Hundreds of vendors supplied what Flatiorn needed. Failure of any one of them would have delayed the bridge. They worked round the clock. They worked in sub-zero temperatures. They worked in the rain and in the heat. And they finished it two days after the bonus deadline. Amazing.

When I drive over the bridge later today for the first time, I will see the product of “intelligent design” and intelligent organization and planning. There will be no doubt that this bridge was conceived and constructed by extraordinary intelligence.

But where did that come from? It came from God. “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion . . . over all the earth’” (Genesis 1:26).

Therefore I thank God for Flatiron Construction. I pray they will know who it is that made them able to meet this deadline. “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1398_The_Opening_of_the_I35W_Bridge/

Eyelids
09-18-2008, 02:17 PM
What the fuck is with all that god shit? Are you kidding me?

jinxmchue
09-18-2008, 02:46 PM
What the fuck is with all that god shit? Are you kidding me?

Truth hurts, doesn't it? Kind of like in every thread where you get your ass handed to you.

Eyelids
09-18-2008, 03:38 PM
Truth hurts, doesn't it? Kind of like in every thread where you get your ass handed to you.

Its fucking weird.

Teetop
09-18-2008, 04:16 PM
I can't remember how many times I fished under the bridge that collapsed. Or, the thousands of times I drove over it.:eek:

NonConformist
09-18-2008, 04:41 PM
Its fucking weird.


Faith is to the unfaithful! ;)

Goldwater
09-19-2008, 09:50 AM
If there is a God, he isn't getting involved in bridges. Then again the argument can be made that the builders are products of God, and in that way he created the bridge. :confused:

jinxmchue
09-19-2008, 12:40 PM
If there is a God, he isn't getting involved in bridges. Then again the argument can be made that the builders are products of God, and in that way he created the bridge. :confused:

God is "involved" in everything. Even in Eyelids' stupid posts, ironically enough.

Eyelids
09-19-2008, 01:01 PM
God is "involved" in everything. Even in Eyelids' stupid posts, ironically enough.

He tried but I told that guy to fuck off.