Faith on a Wire

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I watched Nik Wallenda walk 1,400 feet across the Grand Canyon on television tonight. Wallenda had cameras attached to his body so viewers could see what he was seeing. As one who is not a big fan of heights, looking straight down at the river bed 1,500 feet below, brought new meaning to reality TV.

I really had no idea what to expect from this telecast. I cannot comprehend why someone would exchange solid ground for a 2” cable and a 1,500 drop. In any event, I was more than a little surprised to hear Nik Wallenda immediately begin to praise God and ask him to protect him during his walk. But he didn’t stop there. He asked God to control the wind, the cable, and nearly everything else as he continued his walk. He freely and frequently addressed Jesus as the Lord of the wind and waves. He asked God to control the swaying cable. He praised God for his wonder and power and glory. His prayers, acknowledgments, and declarations regarding God contradicted most of the programming on the Discovery Channel.

I don’t know anything about Wallenda’s theology or particular beliefs beyond what I saw tonight on TV. What I do know is that if I were in a situation like Wallenda was in I would want to say exactly the same things that he said with reference to his praise and dependence on God.

The truth is that all of our situations are exactly like the one that Nik Wallenda was in tonight. The only reason we are safe is because of God’s shepherding care.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.