I am not the overly adventurous type. While you may see me riding roller coasters or eating sushi…you probably will not see me jumping from a plane, dangling from a rubber band or walking on a wire over Niagara Falls.
But I definitely enjoy living vicariously through watching others walk the wire.
A while back Michelle and I tuned in with the rest of the country to watch ‘some crazy guy’ walk over Niagara Falls on a wire, strung from Canada to the United States. Simply crazy.
The beginning of the production went through the typical fanfare of building Nik Wallenda’s story, showing us the adventurous, or should I say crazy, things he has done in the past and hyping the danger of what he was doing this particular night. ABC’s team did a really good job in building the hype and creating a quality TV event around the stunt.
As the story unfolded and the anticipation culminated, Nik stepped out onto the wire dangling over the roaring rapids and treacherous falls.
With each step down the wire a new story began to emerge in my heart. They had Nik’s mic hot as he walked along the wire…and as he stepped, in between conversations with his father via radio, words of praise and adoration for God flowed from his lips.
Now one would expect prayers of safety, protection and strength from anyone dangling on a skinny wire over Niagara Falls. But this was different. This wasn’t prayer. This was praise.
Praises to God for His faithfulness, for His goodness, for His forgiveness, for His salvation, for His creation all flowed from Nik’s lips. (Even more impressive was that ABC executives chose to not mute the mic!!!)
I saw something bigger was taking place.
Nik was not performing a stunt, Nik was worshipping God. You see, some of us pick up instruments to worship God. Some of us use our voices to worship God. Some of us teach of His goodness as worship.
Nik, he walks the high wire to worship God, and to make God known to others.
Consider Colossians 3:23-24, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’
Around the track, when you spin a wrench, cook a meal, jack a car or wheel a racecar…it very well could be how you are wired to worship God and illuminate Him and His love in the lives of others.
Walk the wire today friends!