This isn’t about Karl Wallenda, but he’s a good metaphor.
The Wallendas (either World Famous or Flying) are a members of high-wire acts. They go incredibly far up, and do incredible things, often without a net. This is Rik, starting a thousand-foot crossing of the river in Pittsburgh.
(pic from jstrak)
The modern-day patriarch of the clan is Karl, who was killed during a walk in 1978 during gusty winds. The family says the problem was not with the winds, but with some of the equipment: faulty guy-wire installation.
I have heard that the most dangerous step in a high-wire crossing is not the initial one, nor one in the middle where the rope sways the most. It’s the final step, moving from the wire to the destination. People let their guard down, relax a step too early, and don’t make it to safety.
I was reminded of that recently while reading in Hebrews. 4:9-11 says
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.
This Sabbath rest is not talking of Sunday afternoon naps, although I try to be diligent about that as well. This is talking about the rest at the end of your life, the break after working for God’s kingdom. And when to take that break? That’s up to God.
Our job is to keep placing one foot in front of the other, and trusting God. Yes, we need to check our equipment and stay in spiritual shape.
We might be taking baby steps on a wire that’s a foot above the ground. We might be walking a hundred feet above the ground with strong winds blowing at us. Just remember that we live in two worlds, the spiritual and the physical. You can fall in the physical world without falling in the spiritual world, and vice versa. I’d rather trust in God and take my fall in the physical realm.
When you fall from the spiritual tightrope, it’s a lot farther down, and hurts a lot longer.