Skip to comments.Nik Wallenda Constantly Prayed to Jesus During Successful Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk
Posted on 06/24/2013 9:57:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
High wire artist Nik Wallenda constantly prayed to Jesus as he walked without a harness on a 1,400-foot long high-wire across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday, successfully completing the death-defying feat that was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.
"Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God," The Associated Press quoted Wallenda as saying as he had reached halfway through the tightrope. He had no safety tether attaching him to his line at a height taller than the Empire State Building, and was facing sudden wind gusts of over 20 mph.
Discovery chose to broadcast the event with a 10-second delay, not wanting to take a chance as even one wrong step could have proven fatal for Wallenda.
Wallenda murmured prayers to Jesus almost constantly along the way, and completed the walk in 22 minutes and 54 seconds.
"It took every bit of me to stay focused that entire time," Wallenda, 34, said, according to Reuters. "My arms are aching like you wouldn't believe."
He had to stop and crouch down twice due to the wind for the first time, and later the cable picked up an unsettling rhythm. But it "was a dream come true," he said. "This is what my family has done for 200 years, so it's part of my legacy."
The "#Skywire" hashtag received more than 700,000 tweets on Twitter.
Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, tweeted just before the feat, saying, "Here at the Grand Canyon with my friend @NikWallenda. Praying for his success!" After the event, he tweeted again. "Congrats to @NikWallenda for making history. Your courage and faith is inspiring."
Pop music singer Keith Urban also tweeted, "GO NIK WALLENDA!!! Absolutely astounding feat AND faith!!!! We were with you every single step!!!! KU."
Golfer Paul Azinger said on Twitter, "@NikWallenda Wow! You are physically smart and a mental giant." National Football League player JJ Watt said, "Really didn't think I would be this locked in. It's captivating."
The U.S. government did not allow the use of the Grand Canyon proper for the event. Therefore, Wallenda walked above a stretch of the Little Colorado River Gorge on Navajo Nation land, which was equally dangerous.
Wallenda, a married father of three, last summer became the first man in history to walk 1,800 feet on a tightrope across the roaring Niagara Falls from the U.S. to the Canadian side of the falls. Soon thereafter he announced his desire to cross the Grand Canyon.
He is the seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas and began walking the wire at age 4. His great-grandfather Karl Wallenda fell off a wire to his death in 1978.
In his memoir, Balance: A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line, the high wire artist writes, "I believe that God gives us the power to transform any story from darkness to light."
Wallenda had earlier told The Christian Post, "I visualize myself crossing the Canyon over and over again. I visualize myself making that first step, quarter of a way, half way, three quarters of a way and then finishing that walk. That's really a lot of the mental prep."
He said he often talks to God while he is on the wire. "I find that peaceful and relaxing and He's the only one up there listening to me." He added that his faith plays a crucial role in what he does. "My life is based on my faith. I guess the biggest role that it plays is that if I do fall and die I know where I'm going."
There is little doubt of the faith of this man and his family.
I was shocked Discovery actually played his audio.
Jesus protects fools?
Meanwhile, posters at ESPN were making fun of the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals for refusing to play in the rain. There WAS a lot of lightning around, though...
No, but his Daddy does............
RE: Jesus protects fools?
Yeah, I’m not sure if what he’s doing is not tempting God.
I’d like to see a muslim do that.
The lesson to be learned: Don’t try this on your own.
Jesus protects fools?
Why yes, yes He does.
Gain some experience here before casting stones (I'm sure you understand the Biblical ref.).
Good point. This is not biblical faith.
A lot of the great revolutionaries who contributed
Much to society were also called fools.
The wright brothe, etc
Wow, his grandfather died in Puerto Rico crossing a wire at the age of 73.
Here’s more on the family.
I do not question the faith of Nik; however, the presence of one false teacher Joel Olsteen was quite a statement to me personally. In listening to the words of Nik as he crossed the wire, it was clear that he is caught up in some false teaching, apparently the “word of faith” teachings from which Joel Olsteen was reared under his father John. Nik, Joel, nor any other man has authority over the wind, or any other elements of nature in the name of Jesus. God alone has reserved that power for himself. As much as men so desire and act the role of a being a little god; God has not invested man with such authority.
Perfect example of religious narcissism.
Nobody plays baseball in the rain.
Not sure Jesus would have answered:
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. If you are the Son of God, he said, throw yourself down from here. 10For it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.d
12Jesus answered, It is said: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.e
I believe Noah took a fair amount of derision over foolishly building an ark.
What I like best about Nik is his lack of costuming. Anybody that can go do amazing stuff in genes and a t-shirt is OK in my book.
Brain fart. jeans Really gotta catch up on my sleep.
You have to have a lot of faith to do what he did. Great outcome but as a Jew. I was comfortable that Nik was a faithful man but it became too much for me at one point of hearing too many Jesus references. But Thank God he got accross safely.
I’d like to see them all try that.
I know understand why he protects Obama and Biden.
RE: If you are the Son of God, he said, throw yourself down from here.
Nick wallneda: “I’m not throwing myself from down here... I TRAINED HARD NOT TO FALL.”
I’m aware of that...I just found the ESPN postings amusing...
Heh....what bugged me a bit was calling this the Grand Canyon. He crossed a fork of the Little Colorado River quite a ways east of the Grand Canyon.
God gives people strange talents. It’s like watching the cliff divers in Mexico....and they do it every day.
If this brings more people to the Lord, then so be it.
Crazy stunt though and potentially very risky for his family, but who am I to judge.
I get in trouble with the boss for not wearing protection with the leaf blower.
Or Tree Catchers...
And very often, foolish children.
You think he does?
Give it time.
But for the Osteen bit, I’m glad he made it.
I heard when he crossed the Niagara falls, ABC cut his audio. But that’s ABC for you, the Absolute ‘Bama Communist channel. Discovery channel is awesome, nothing beats that station.
If you glance downward it looks grand enough. And deep.
Nik Wallenda’s profession of faith will soon be criticized by the usual suspects.
Even assuming he is a follower of Joel Olsteen, the fact that this was playing internationally is a good thing. The truth of the Word is still the truth, even if its spoken by a someone less then perfect
A family dedicated to risking death and often getting their wish. Sorry, but I think they are idiots.
Praise God he does as we all do foolish things
ABC didn’t cut his audio, he was praying all the way across Niagara, they didn’t even cut him complaining about the tether they made him wear. Only difference audio wise is they asked him some questions during the walk at Niagara and he opted out of that (could hear him tell his dad “I don’t want to talk to anybody”) last night.
And Peter walked on water until he took his eyes off of Jesus.
WOW indeed. I hope at 73 I can walk on the ground without being wobbly.
When he prayed for Jesus and God to give him the inner strength and calmness to complete his task I was with him all the way. When he prayed for them to stop the wind from blowing, not so much.
Maybe the Muslims saw it worldwide.
First, I have no problem with someone doing something stupid, it is their life. If they want to risk it for some silly reason, go for it.
Having said that, I will not spend money or time to watch them risk their life.
I will concede it takes great skill and a certain amount of faith of ones skill to do this sort of thing. I do not however consider it brave. Heroics for no purpose is just being foolish.
But I may be alone in this opinion, and that is just what it is, one person’s opinion.