The Father’s voice in my ear…

As I watched Nik Wallanda’s intense tight-wire walk across a portion of the Grand Canyon earlier this week, I almost hyperventilated. I have a phobia of heights. I get dizzy and nauseated if I do not have a window or tall wall protecting me. My palms were drenched with sweat as I watched Nik. I kept wiping my hands and taking deep breaths. I was a wreck! And you want the real confession? I wasn’t even watching it Live – it was the next morning so I knew he made it across! But it still nerve wracking! Yet what an amazing feat!

I was blown away by Nik’s constant prayers and praise to Jesus and the many scriptures he quoted. I imagine the Discovery Channel had no idea they would be televising such a Jesus event. It was awesome! And the one thing that I loved – absolutely LOVED was that Nik’s father was constantly speaking into Nik’s ear through the headphones. Let me share with you some of Nik’s comments as he walked across a 2 inch cable dangling 1500 feet over a canyon…

“The winds are way worse than I expected” The cable is not my favorite” “There’s dust on the cable” “It’s an optical illusion up here as you can imagine” “I’m not liking it” “Reverb in the cable” “Unbelievable winds”

And at one point Nik told his dad that he didn’t want to talk right now. You could hear the tension and anxiety in his voice. He calmed himself and steadied himself by saying…

“How I love you, Jesus” “You’re my King, You’re my Savior, You’re my Protector, You’re my Shield, You’re my Strength, You’re my Lord” “This wind has no hold on me. That’s my King – praise you Jesus” “Lord, help me to relax, Father. Help me to calm down and relax, Lord” “You’re my Lord and Sustainer” “Thank you, Lord for calming the winds” “You’re my King!”

The cheering and spurring on that Nik’s dad was doing in his ear brought tears to my eyes. It’s apparent that his dad is his life coach as much as he is his skywire coach. Here are some of the encouraging statements his dad made to him…

“It’s okay. You’re doing great” “Slow up your steps just a little bit” “That’s it, you’re doing good” “I’ve got you on monitor. A little more wind might be coming your way” “You’re handling this just fine. Stay focused” “There’s wind out there but you’re doing the right thing. Just take your time” “You’re handling it good, Nik” “There’s a little breeze heading your way” “You’ve been through much stronger winds than this. You’re doing good” “You’re looking great! Doing fine” “You’re almost there, son” “Don’t rush it” “Great job!”

And when Nik told his dad he didn’t want to talk right now, his dad told him that was perfectly fine. But dad kept on encouraging. Wow! I love this spiritual picture of Father/Child! Many times in life you find yourself in a situation that brings great anxiety, tension, fear! Maybe the road you’re asked to travel is bumpier or windier than you expected it to be. Maybe it’s dusty or slick, causing you to lose your foothold. Maybe all the “stuff” going on around you causes an optical illusion and you’re having a hard time focusing. It is during those times that you must call on Jesus. Whisper His name. Remind yourself of Who He is and what He has been in your life. Your Sustainer, your Friend, your Provider, your Protector. You can quote scriptures over and over in your head and heart in order to calm the fears. You have the privilege of crying out to Him as often as you need to!

And I assure you that if you listen, you will hear your Father speaking in your ear these words of encouragement, “You’ve faced worse trials than this. You’re doing good. Hang in there.” “It’s okay, you’re doing great.” “Slow down just a bit. Don’t get ahead of yourself.” “You’ve been through stronger winds than this before. You’re doing fine.” “I’ve got you on monitor, I’m watching the direction of the winds. You’re going to be just fine. You’re doing great.” I love that! What a beautiful picture on national television of what our heavenly Father does for you and me. All we have to do is listen! And when we don’t feel like talking to Him, He keeps speaking to us anyway!

The Father’s voice in my ear spurring me on. What grace.

“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not abandon you or leave you alone” (Joshua 1:5).

“The Lord is my high ridge, my stronghold, my deliverer” (Psalm 18:2).

“The one true God acts in a faithful manner; the Lord’s promise is reliable; he is a shield to all who take shelter in him” (Psalm 18:30).

“You are my hiding place and my shield. I find hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114).


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