On Sunday night Aerialist Nik Wallenda broke the world record by tightrope walking over the Little Colorado Riber Gorge in northeastern Arizona. Wallenda is a 34-year-old resident of Sarasota, Florida, who is a seventh generation high wire artist. He is apart of the famous “Flying Wallendas” circus family. But this stunt surpassed any circus stunt that was ever done before.
Wallenda took more than 22 minutes to walk on a 2 inch cable that was place 1500 high and a quarter-mile long near the Grand Cannon.
During the walk he paused and crouched down twice to regain his composure. He said that because of the heavy wind the rope began to sway so he prayed all along the way to help the rope stay steady.
“It was way more windy, and it took every bit of me to stay focused the entire time,” he said.
He described the walk as being unpredictable. About 13 minutes in the walk Wallenda said these words,
“Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God.”
Wallenda didn’t wear a harness and stepped slowly and steady throughout, murmuring prayers to Jesus almost constantly along the way.
This was definitely a test of his faith. Wallenda knew the major risk of falling to his death during his stunt as it has happened to his great-grandfather in Puerto Rico. He trusted that God would help him through this task and came out victorious.
As many watched across the world, he illustrated to everyone that there is no dream to big enough that cannot come true. Nik Wallenda grew up performing with his family and has dreamed of crossing the Grand Canyon since he was a teenager. Sunday’s stunt comes a year after he traversed Niagara Falls earning a seventh Guinness world record.
Watching him take every step towards his dream was enlightening. Just to see someone through their journey having to take it one step at a time. He could not just run across, there was a process that he had to go through. This should remind us all that our dreams may not happen overnight but will happen through determination, faith and preparation. Taking it one step at a time.
Have faith, stay prepared and trust the process and you to will reach your dreams.