The Hernando de Soto Bridge in Memphis is broken. The broken beam is 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. That is a total of 120 inches of steel. Over 100 inches of the steel truss is broken. The crack is gapped open 1 inch at the top.
Evidently, there was a crack in this very large truss photographed by a drone in May of 2019. The bridge underwent a detailed inspection in September of 2019 and again in 2020. The authorities are checking to see if the crack visible in May was mentioned in the September 2019 report or the 2020 inspection report. If it was noted in the inspector’s report, the authorities are checking to see what action was taken.
This information about the 2019 drone pictures of the crack became known Thursday, May 13. As of Sunday, May 16, the authorities had not released any information about what they found in the 2019 or 2020 inspection reports.
As Christians, we are to examine ourselves to find inconsistency in our spiritual lives. We must look to see if the lives we live, the thoughts we think, line up with God’s desires for our lives and thoughts. We must inspect to see if there is sin in our lives.
How often do we think of things we could improve? We may see we need to meditate on God’s word more. How often do we think of ways we could be a better servant? We may see we need to attempt to be more aware of others’ interests and needs and less interested in our wants. How often do we think of ways we could be more loving and less critical in our nature? Maybe we need to be more consistent in our worship of our Creator and Savior? Maybe we need to develop more appreciation for forgiveness.
If we have inspected our lives and noticed some cracks, what have we done to solve the problem? The Hernando de Soto Bridge is proof problems will not fix themselves. The cracks in the bridge truss prove we must take some positive action to be a better servant of Jesus or the inconsistencies will just get worse.