You're a Falls Guy
July 4, 2012
Hebrews 12:2 - "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross"
Tight rope walker, Mike Wallenda, says he finds it hard to visit a new place without envisioning a wire strung over his head. As a six year-old, while visiting Niagara Fall, he pictured himself walking a tight rope over the raging waters, crossing from New York to Canada. On June 15, 2012, Wallenda became the first person ever to walk a tight rope over the falls. Mike is a committed Christian, who could be heard on ABC's broadcast of this event, praying and calling on the name of Jesus as the Source of his strength to make the almost 30 minute walk on the steel rope across Niagara Falls.
In Hebrews 12:2, we see how Jesus was able to overcome the pain and suffering of the crucifixion that He endured for all the world to be saved. It says, "for the joy that was set before Him", joy was what Jesus was able to see, to see all those that would be redeemed. In 1 John 3:8 it says, "for this purpose the Son of God was manifest, that He might destroy the works of the devil". Jesus was able to see something that carried Him through the most painful death anyone could ever endure. If Jesus could actually see joy, and could see beyond the cross, you and I can endure whatever we are facing every day.
Mike Wallenda focused on Jesus, his relationship with the Father, and prayed as he walked over the raging waters, and a certain death if he ever fell. But Wallenda was able to walk above what could have killed him. He focused on Jesus, not on the danger. Wallenda was a "falls guy".
You can walk above what you're dealing with. Why? How? Do what Mike did, looking to the finish, looking at the joy at the end of the battle. That's the key, to be able to see beyond your current circumstances. You are a "falls guy" when you look unto Jesus, and "look away from all that will distract" [Amplified Bible]. You are what you see. Don't look down, look up at God's Word. Remember, you're a "falls guy".