Nik Wallenda just walked across the rim of the Niagara Falls on a highwire. Were you watching? (I’ve known of “The Flying Wallendas” all of my life so I was very interested in this event tonight.)
According to NationalPost.com, ten men and one woman have tightrope-walked across the Niagara Falls before Wallenda did just now. “The Great Blondin” was the first to try, in 1859. Wallenda will be the last for awhile since “the Niagara Parks Commission only considers applications for stunts once per generation.”
If we interviewed some of the almost 130,000 spectators, perhaps some didn’t believe he’d make it, but all believe Nik can cross the falls now. Let’s listen in on an imaginary interview:
Rick Reporter: “Do you believe Nik Wallenda can walk across Niagara Falls on a highwire?”
Sam and Susie Spectator: “Yes! Yes we do! We just watched him do it.”
RR: “Blondin, the first tightrope walker to cross the Niagara Falls gorge, carried his manager across on his back while walking a tightrope. Do you think Nik could do that?”
Sam and Susie: “I’m sure he could!”
RR: “What if Wallenda asked you to volunteer for him to carry you across?”
Sam and Susie: “No! We don’t believe that much!”
So, what if I asked you? Do you believe Jesus is God and is in control of the events around you? Do you believe (more than intellectually) that Jesus can carry you through life? He is infinitely more capable than Blondin or Wallenda! Will you climb up on to his shoulders and let him carry you (even if it seems like you are on a thin cable over the Niagara gorge)? This is true faith. Not just knowing something in your head, but taking steps that show you really do trust God. He’ll ask you to let go and allow Him to be in full control of your life.
Nik Wallenda was interviewed, too. He credited Christ within him to give him the focus he needed for walking the wire and said he was blessed that God gave him the opportunity to pursue his dream. You could hear Nik praising God as he walked over the lip of the Horshoe Falls and into the mists. Nik attributed prayer, focus, and training to give him the ability to walk calmly and steadily despite raging water and buffeting wet gusts of wind.
I think of another time, 2000 years ago, when Jesus’ followers learned what trust really is when he calmed the raging storm:
As He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But He was sleeping. So the disciples came and woke Him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, you of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?—even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
- Daredevil set for historic tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls (itv.com)
- Nik Wallenda and a brief history of tightrope walkers in Niagara Falls: Graphic (news.nationalpost.com)
- Inspiration: Nik Wallenda – The Impossible Is Possible… (Mirth and Motivation blog)