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Don’t ask God to bless foolishness

As daredevil Nik Wallenda walked across a two-inch diameter steel cable rigged 1,400 feet across more than a quarter-mile deep remote section of the Grand Canyon near Little Colorado River, Arizona Sunday, he could be heard praying almost constantly.

I would be praying too in that position, but I couldn’t help but wonder how God feels when he hears prayers from his people who have purposely put themselves in such precarious positions.

No doubt, this man of faith needed every ounce of help he could get under his circumstances that placed him 1,500 feet above the snaking Little Colorado River walking without a safety net or tether as the entire world watched the live broadcast.

For almost 23 minutes, the self-described “King of the High Wire” did what his family has done for two centuries, fulfilling a legacy and becoming the first person to cross the crimson-hued canyon.

The walk was stressful, not just on Wallenda, but for all his family members, friends and even those of us who don’t know the man who sat there glued to the TV silently praying he would make it safely across.

God allowed this seventh-generation member of the “Flying Wallendas” family of acrobats to realize yet another dream just as he did last year when he became the first person to cross a high-wire over Niagara Falls.

The 34-year-old can now boast he has done things no other human being has ever achieved, and as a professing Christian he can give God the glory.

“That’s really where I get my peace,” he is quoted as saying. “I have confidence that if something were to happen to me, I know where I’m going.”

As he ponders future stunts  -- he says he has always dreamed of tightrope walking between New York’s Chrysler Building and Empire State Building – we can’t help but wonder what God thinks when we, finite mortals, ask his blessings on our foolishness.