DayBreaks for 07/19/12 – I Never Fall
In 2008, a remarkable documentary came out, titled Man on Wire. It examines the most amazing exploit of tight-rope walker Philippe Petit. In 1974, Petit had a secret plan to extend a steel wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York. At the time, the towers were still under construction.
After much planning and practice, the day arrived. Petit and his fellow conspirators snuck to the top of the buildings, shot a wire across the vast, quarter-mile-high canyon that separated the North and South Towers, and Petit went to work. When all was said and done, Petit was on the wire for 45 minutes. Thousands gathered below to watch him. On each end of the wire, police waited for him to finish. Petit made eight passes before finally coming in. To this day he insists the stunt wasn’t for publicity or even to see if he could do it. “The path is as important as the result,” he told a reporter for Newsweek magazine.
Petit now lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains. A wire stretches across his yard, and he still practices several hours a day. Petit told the same Newsweek reporter that it “never occurred to him to use a safety net” when walking the wire. He added: “I never fall. But yes, I have landed on the earth many, many times.”
It’s that last quote from Petit that stands out to me. It’s a pretty good way of describing the believer’s experience in trouble. Consider Psalm 91:9-12:
If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge—then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands,so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
In some ways the psalmist is saying, “I never fall. But, yes, I have landed on the earth many, many times.”
I don’t know about you, but I have fallen many times…but before disaster strikes, He has caught me. This is another of the wonderful promises of God. Make Him your dwelling place both now and forever, and He will save you for His glory’s sake!
PRAYER: Thank you for catching us when we slip and for commanding your angels regarding us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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