LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz.—It was a heart-stopping event viewed by millions of people around the world. If you happened to be watching the live broadcast on the Discovery Channel, you might have noticed someone in the crowd perhaps even more familiar than the man putting it all on the line.
Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church says when Nik Wallenda invited him to attend to attend the historic event, he couldn’t pass it up. The two met a few years ago and have stayed in touch.
Suspended 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge, Wallenda walked a quarter of a mile on a two inch cable with no safety harness or safety net. He was praying along the way when gusting winds threatened to throw him off balance and praying with Osteen before even taking the first step.
“A couple of hours before, we were just hanging out,” said Osteen. “You’d think he was just going to play ball or something like that. He said ‘I don’t let those thoughts of fear come in there.’ He said ‘I like not having a tether. Falling is not an option.’”
World famous aerialist or not, Osteen says there is a parallel to be drawn between walking the tight rope and navigating everyday life.
“You have to take steps of faith where there’s risk,” said Osteen. “It’s like, ‘if this doesn’t work out, I’m not sure what’s going to happen,’ but you just can’t stay in your comfort zone your whole life and become everything God has created you to be.”
Wallenda’s famous great grandfather once said, “Life is on the wire. Everything else is just waiting.”
Now he has lived to wait some more.