John 5:5 “And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.”

John 5:6 “When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?”

…From yesterday…

When he talked to other engineers about this, they made fun of him and tried to convince him not to do such stupid work. Everyone said that it is impossible to build this bridge!

Rambling refused to believe them. So, he went ahead and conscripted his son, Washington Rambling into the plan. Both father and son, one by one, prepared hundreds of maps of this bridge and proceeded to find a solution to every disruption in this work.

With extraordinary enthusiasm and dedication, he got involved in this challenging and almost impossible task. The work began in earnest and was going on well until one faithful day that tragedy struck!

There was a tragic accident on the construction site. John Rambling died and his son Washington suffered some type of shock that he was no longer able to walk and talk. People started talking about him in various ways. Nobody praised his courage, other engineers said the work should be stopped.

Washington did not get discouraged even after physical incapacity. Even after being crippled, he was able to fulfill his father’s dream with double enthusiasm and dedication. His body was destroyed. While lying in his room in the hospital, a wonderful thought flashed in his mind, he shook his finger and found a way to communicate with his wife. The only thing he could do was shake a finger and he decided to maximize it!

He would tell his wife what the engineers should do with a twitch of a hand. So, work resumed. After thirteen years of “shaking and pointing of his finger” to communicate with his wife, the pool was formed and the bridge was constructed and finished!

Today, the magnificent ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ enchants the viewer with its grandeur and workmanship.

When I read this story, I flashed back at this man by pool of Bethesda whose condition was not this bad but remained at the pool for thirty eight solid years!

To be continued…

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