Having said that, I was interested in watching Nik Wallenda and his dangerous crossing of 1400 feet of open canyon where a mistake would cost him his life. I was skeptical at first, but I decided to watch because it is always a wonder to see a person push the envelope and succeed. That kind of spirit is what made America great.
I heard that Nik was a Christian but I really didn't know much about him except for his exploits on the wire. And since many of us claim to be Christians but don't always act that way, there was a question in my mind.
As the crossing started and Nik quickly started his short prayer words to God and Jesus I wasn't sure what to think. But when the winds increased to thirty-five miles an hour, his balancing poll took several major dips, and I could hear his heavier breathing and his first stop and kneel, my opinion changed. When he prayed for the winds to cease and for Jesus to give him strength and then continued, I knew in my heart that this young man is a believer.
Why would a man, who could be dead in moments and under high stress, pray to Jesus if he didn't believe? Wouldn't his true nature come out under such circumstances in his actions and words? I believe they would.
And as he got close to his destination, seeing his family and friends awaiting him, his prayers didn't cease. In fact, on completion he made it a point to continue these words and thank Him for giving him the strength to master the task.
Do I think this was a miracle? No. Was it an example of a man with a goal asking God and His Son to allow him to conquer it? Yes. And that's as it should be for all of us. We need to always thank God for all that happens, knowing that He has a plan for us and we must do the best we can and deal with it, whatever it might be, knowing that He is always there for us, as he was last night for Nik.
So I congratulate Nik Wallenda on his success and his willingness to stand by His Savior through it all, and for also being willing to do so in a setting obeserved by so many people around the world. Nik, you spread the word without most people watching expecting it, and I admire you for that. Keep your faith strong and know that you will always be protected, regardless of the outcome of your challenge.
God be praised. May He be the center of our universe always.