November 19th, 2013
Earlier this summer Nik Wallenda, an incredibly brave wirewalker, traveled 1,400 feet across an Arizona canyon without a net or safety harness between him and the ground 1,500 feet below. This man is accustomed to death-defying feats; he completed a similar wire walk across Niagara Falls last year. The combination of training, planning, and engineering led to a successful crossing, but his faith played a part as well. Watching this news clip from ABC, you can hear Wallenda spending the majority of the walk praying and praising God.
Wire walking is in his genes; the Wallenda family has been performing in the air for generations. And family is still a part of Nik’s success today. His dad heads up all safety and rigging-related activities – Nic’s life is literally in his father’s hands. He knows unequivocally that his father will do everything in his power to ensure Nic gets to the other side safe and sound. He knows that the path across the divide will be as safe as it possibly can be, allowing him to focus on the task of putting one foot in front of the other.
What a great metaphor for our God; watching over us in times of trouble, keeping us safe, rooting for us to finish strong, and, because we know this, we are able to keep moving forward, regardless of how scary or difficult things seem. The beginning of Psalm 121 reads: I lift my eyes up to the hill – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber. We’ve all got our own wire walk – a challenging path filled with worry and the need for assurance. Be assured; God is with you, watching over your coming and your going and He Does. Not. Sleep.
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by Melissa Pulliam | Comments (4)