By now, most of us have seen the video (and, many saw this live on the Discovery Channel) of Nik Wallenda walking, 1500 feet above the Snake River, across the Grand Canyon on the high wire, without benefit of safety net or teeter. It strikes me that this great achievement is already being remembered as much for Nik’s constant praying, as the walk itself.
What many of you may not have seen, or heard, is Nik Wallenda’s testimony, which includes the real reason he does this. It has as much to do with the name of Jesus as it does his family name. For that reason, we’d like to share this special video, from CBN.com, featuring a short biography of Nik, and his testimony. You’ll be both blessed and amazed.
Notes: It always amazes me how God can use anything for his glory. Even what the world would call a “daredevil stunt” can be used to witness for Him. That God is trying to communicate with us in many different ways-whatever it takes to get our attention. Think about it: When I first saw the video, the first thing that captured my attention was the constant prayer and praise being offered to Jesus, by Nik.
And … here we go … last night (Monday night), after watching game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final (on Hockey Night in America/Canadian Broadcasting Network-sorry, NBC) … I flipped channels, which is a rare opportunity to expose myself to network TV … and watched David Letterman’s Top Ten List … which was related to “What Nik Wallenda Didn’t Say.” I thought that the reason this is even a list is because we all heard what Nik said … a worldwide audience (even those at WorldWide Pants) … heard a steady “line” of prayer and praise to Jesus … Mr. Letterman made what I thought was a great statement, meant to be funny, but you could feel a certain reverence behind the grin, about “What else would you do but pray if you were 1500 feet above the Grand Canyon.” While that’s a from-memory paraphrase, just think about the thought behind that “joke.” Then, in agreement, with what seemed to be even more reverence to the thought of prayer in a difficult circumstance, Paul Shaffer agreed that prayer is a great idea when “you’re over a grand canyon.” I’ve always respected Paul Shaffer, love his Canadian roots, and you could just see that he wanted to say more, but he got it.
In our lives, we all have great “canyons” to cross, and the only option we have is prayer. Anyway, that’s what I got out of it. A great reminder, and great encouragement to … pray and praise … I don’t want to wait until I’m over a canyon, or in a foxhole, to cry out, or to praise You …
Enjoy this great video testimony from CBN.com:
And, now, just in case you didn’t see it, or to see it again, here is the best news feature I found on Nik’s walk. I wanted to find a video that had as much of his praying as possible … I thought it interesting that the US videos didn’t have much of the prayers, only a blurb here and there … but, the video feeds I saw from overseas, especially England, had much more of the praying … including Nik, in Jesus’ name, taking authority over the elements … I agree, don’t hear that much on our network television …
Enjoy this short news report from ITN studios, in London:
Nik’s Book is called “Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line.” Here’s a description of the book:
Nik Wallenda shares how the support of his family and his faith in Jesus Christ keep him balanced as a death-defying stunt performer. Balance is the theme of Nik’s life: between his work and family, his faith in God and artistry, his body and soul. It resonates from him when performing and when no one is looking. When walking across Niagara Falls, he prayed aloud the entire time, and to keep his lust for glory and fame in check, Nik returned to the site of his performance and spent three hours cleaning up trash left by the crowd.