A few nights ago Nik Wallenda, without safety net or harness, walked a tightrope between two Chicago buildings blindfolded. Sure, his feat was a stunt designed to get him in the record books and bring in a TV audience. But doesn’t life feel at times as if we are blindly balancing on a tightrope? One wrong move, one strong gust of wind, one moment of distraction and our world could come tumbling down.
From the outside looking in it would appear that Nik is either crazy or has an incredible amount of trust in his own abilities to do the things he does. But Nik’s trust is not set in himself or his abilities alone. Charisma News quotes Nik as saying, “The source of my determination and inspiration starts with Jesus. I was raised to look to God to take me through any big challenge in my life—and this is going to be a big one.”* When Nik encountered a strong gust of wind as he crossed the Grand Canyon on a wire he was heard to say, “Thank you, Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God.”*
Most of us, probably all of us, would never put ourselves in Nik’s situations. We wouldn’t choose to risk our lives in that way. And yet, we all find ourselves at times walking a tightrope, facing a difficult situation or circumstance. The temptation in those moments is to trust ourselves, our ability, our wits, or our luck. The only true way to get to the other side is to trust God.
“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”” (Isaiah 12:2, NASB95)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5–6, NASB95)
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3, NLT)
When the wind shakes our wire, when the circumstance of life tries to knock us down, the only thing we can really trust in is God. Even when things are going great, when there is a highway of solid concrete beneath our feet, the only thing we can really trust in is God. That’s the big truth; learn to trust God when the walking is solid so that when life is reduced to a tightrope you will trust God to help you get to the other side.