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Tightrope Tips Isaiah 43:1-7

Tightrope Tips

Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk across watery chaos contains lessons for us about overcoming obstacles.

At a Glance

In June 2012, Nik Wallenda of the "Flying Wallendas" tippy-toed across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Millions watched. The biblical text says that we don't have it so easy. We don't get to cross above the water, but must pass through the water. But, if God should give us a tightrope, here are some tips for using it.

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For material based on this same text, see "Deep Chairness," January 7, 2001, at

To travel from the United States to Canada, most people take a road. Some cross a bridge. Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope.

Over Niagara Falls.

Last June, this 33-year-old daredevil walked a cable dripping with spray from the falls as 100,000 people watched his stunt from the ground. The crossing was broadcast by ABC on live television, so millions more were able to listen to the prayers he said into a microphone as he made his way across.

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you," says God through the prophet Isaiah, "and through the rivers, ...

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