Last night on the Discovery Channel I watched Nik Wallenda walk across a tightrope, 1,500 feet in the air, over the Colorado River near the Grand Canyon.
No safety line. No net. Nothing to support him should he slip and fall. The only thing below was the Colorado River and a hell of a lot of rocks.
He had nothing outside of himself for support but as I watched him take each step it became very clear he had one thing inside of himself that gave him all the support he needed. This man had Faith in a power greater than himself far wider than the Grand Canyon.
Wired to a microphone we could hear his every word. My mouth dropped as he stepped onto the rope and heard his first words, “Thank you God, thank you Jesus, this is so beautiful.” Most would want to pee their pants and hold their breath out of fear. Not this man. He thanked God, asked God, believed in God, relied on God, gave it to God, thanked God again and again, with practically each step he took across that two inch tightrope.
His faith was greater than his doubt.
He trained hard for this adventure, he put in his hours, he kept his eye on his goal and he just kept putting one step in front of the other with total and complete faith.
When we get out of our head and trust, believe and have faith in something we can’t see we discover possibility. I have absolutely no desire to take this same walk. I was not born into a high-wire artist family like Nik, so the urge to walk in the air thousands of feet above the ground is currently not my calling.
But I do have my own calling. And Nik’s inspiration is applicable no matter what you want to do in your life or where you desire to go. We may not all believe in Jesus and share the same Christian faith as he does but we all have the choice to believe in a power far greater than ourselves. A power than transcends possibility, defies gravity and gets us from where we are to where we want to go.
What is currently driving you as you navigate across your own life’s tightwire, faith or doubt?
Are you willing to stretch any doubt into a place of trust, a place of faith?