In the Midst of Enduring Hardships

I had a lot in common with Nik Wallenda, who walked across the Niagara Falls on a tightrope. But could I succeed and survive too?

As Nik Wallenda stepped onto a cable only three pennies wide, I hoped he wouldn't let the word falls in Niagara Falls cross his mind. But as he narrated his seemingly effortless walk across the fast-churning waters, he said he wasn't focusing on the dangers or the potential risks. He literally "soaked in" the majesty of the incredible view and said, "I am so blessed to be in the position I am—to be the first person in the world to be right here." Nik Wallenda, 33, focused on the other side and enjoyed the view along the way—despite the all-too-apparent dangers.

As my husband and I watched the amazing feat on June 15, 2012—from the safety of our living room couch—I think my heart was racing faster than Wallenda's. I started seeing the perils he faced in his "walk" as a picture of the challenges my husband and I had been facing for well over a year: Huge financial challenges for us. Escalating chronic-pain challenges for me. Then, recent emotionally draining challenges from a business deal of mine gone wrong. My on-edge emotions were mixing together with my mind's endlessly looping instant replay of the other party's hostile verbal attacks. What a tangled mess!

Focus on the other side? Enjoy the view along the way? Could I do that?

What calmness Wallenda demonstrated during the almost-half-hour, unprecedented walk over the 1,800-foot abyss! Because he was miked to allow him to narrate the experience and respond to reporters, the whole watching world heard Wallenda's spontaneous words of praise throughout: "Praise Father God. Praise Jesus."

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