On Friday June 15 th 2012, Nik Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls on a 1800 foot tightrope in 25 minutes. Over a hundred thousand spectators crowded the falls on both sides of the border, and hundreds of millions more tuned in all around the world, to see Nik walk from the USA to Canada on a 2 inch tightrope, the width of three pennies side by side. Though Nik wanted to do the walk without a tether, he was forced to by ABC; when his father Terry Troffer asked “How’s that harness, it’s not cutting off any circulation?” “No, I just feel like a jackass wearing it,” Nik Wallenda replied.
All through his walk we could hear Nik’s conversations with his father and crazy as it was, with ABC reporters a few times. The fact that he could walk, balance, concentrate and give a fluent interview while walking over rushing water on a two-inch wire was awesome. However what I found most awesome, was listening to a 33-year-old man defying death, praying and giving praise to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; who interestingly was crucified in his 33 year. Wallenda’s walk was like witnessing the poem Footprints played out over Niagara Falls.
It is my hope that Mr. Wallenda will adapt the safety tether as a constant in his stunts, it does not take away from the magnitude of the event or the integrity of the man. I can only imagine the stress his family goes through. The tether is very metaphoric of the very God he clearly serves; protective and forgiving, He is a God of second chances. Should there ever be a mishap, be it equipment malfunction, freak weather or an error of judgement, he would have a second chance to show both who he is and continue to share the God he serves.
We’re in this life together: Who we really are is revealed in times of adversity, even if the adversity is self-imposed.