In 2013, Nik Wallenda crossed the space of 1,500 feet of the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. I remember as people across the country tuned in to television to watch him calmly make this walk across such a large gap of land with winds whipping around him, no harness, and absolutely no safety net. If you re-watch the video you can hear him in a sure voice saying, “Thank you, Jesus” and “I praise you God.”
The fact that he was even able to talk while doing that amazes me. Even more so it amazes me that he would even attempt such a feat. I wonder how many people discouraged him from attempting this. I wonder how many people doubted him. The part that is truly amazing is that it sounds like even though people most likely doubted him, maybe even himself being one of the doubters, he still did not doubt God. He praised God the whole way through. Every small step given to the glory of God.
Many of us can say that we have never attempted to walk on a tightrope, especially over the Grand Canyon. The thought makes me sick in my stomach.
We may never do what Wallenda did physically, but many of us walk on tightropes every day. In front of us the odds are not in our favor. Impossible circumstances. Doctors’ diagnoses that seem leery at best. Family struggles, addictions, financial strains, or even just feeling like the world is on your shoulders, are all tightropes that we walk. In those situations, it feels like if you waiver or slip there is no safety net, no harness, and nobody cheering you on saying “this is a great idea.”
In Romans 4:20-21 it says that Abraham “did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to perform.” Abraham had a promise to be the father to many nations, but he couldn’t have children. There were 25-plus years of delay on this word from God. However, in Romans it says that Abraham “did not waver at the promise.” He did not flinch year after year when it had not come to pass. No, he was unwavering in his belief.
What seemingly impossible situations has God spoken to you? Are you remaining unwavering in your faith? A good way to begin the process of not worrying about your safety net, or lack there of, is to begin seeing God as your safety net. It all begins with that attitude of praise. It is in the simple prayers of “thank you, Jesus” and “I praise you God” in the small steps that see you through the journey to his destiny for your life.
Caroline Hare is the Next Generations Pastor at Destin United Methodist Church. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.