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Walking God’s Tightrope

Walking God’s Tightrope

God Will Never Leave Us

Last week I reviewed The Greatest Showman and made it clear that I found plenty of inspiration from the movie. One of its songs that I keep thinking about is Tightrope. This song comes near the arch of the movie when P.T. Barnum is off chasing his dreams in an unhealthy way. Against the advice of his colleague and wife, he goes on a traveling tour with another woman and almost ruins everything.

The setup of Tightrope (get the song) can hide its beauty, but I feel it is a wonderful song that can speak to our faith and build up our relationship with God if we allow it.

The thing I like about the song is that while life is an adventure with God, it is not one we have to take. We get to make a choice about whether we will follow Him into the great unknown. There will be mountains and valleys and times of being afraid we may fall, but it will all be worth it to experience life with God.

God’s Tightrope is an Adventure of Faith and Risk

Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. Therefore experiencing the joy of God over us will call us into a life always in motion and risking it all. This is what a love affair with God will lead to. We lose track of everything else because life is found in His presence.

Will it be safe? God never promises safety, but we will be fully alive, living beyond ourselves. Why should He call us to things we already know we can do? By calling us to stretch ourselves, we see we are capable of doing more than we ever dreamed possible. Nothing will be impossible for us who are united with Christ.

What is Your Adventure With God?

If you have been following this blog for awhile, you know my adventures have led me to move my family to locations across the US and around the world. My wife and I started a farm in China to help teenage orphan girls. I’ve quit my job a few times without any known backup plans. We have tried twice to adopt another daughter into our family. We have taken in a mother and child needing safety from an abusive husband/father.

I don’t mean to sound prideful, but I want to encourage you that this is an area in my life with God that I am passionate about. Abraham had to leave everything he knew in order that God may start a new people from him that would live by faith. Your adventure may not sound as exotic, but every step of faith can be challenging. You may

  • decide to start trying to have kids
  • change careers or start your own business
  • agree to volunteer at your child’s school
  • go visit someone in the hospital
  • ask your girlfriend to marry you

Life is full of potential adventures if we would only bring God along into the process. Tightrope was a lovely reminder of the joy that can be found in saying yes to the adventure with God. He is always working and eager for us to join Him in advancing His kingdom. Ask God what is the adventure He wants to take you on next.

The Lyrics of Tightrope from The Greatest Showman

Tightrope (get the song here)

Some people long for a life that is simple and planned
Tied with a ribbon
Some people won’t sail the sea ’cause they’re safer on land
To follow what’s written
But I’d follow you to the great unknown
Off to a world we call our own

Hand in my hand
And we promised to never let go
We’re walking the tightrope
High in the sky
We can see the whole world down below
We’re walking the tightrope
Never sure, never know how far we could fall
But it’s all an adventure
That comes with a breathtaking view
Walking the tightrope

With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you

Mountains and valleys, and all that will come in between
Desert and ocean
You pulled me in and together we’re lost in a dream
Always in motion
So I risk it all just to be with you
And I risk it all for this life we choose

Hand in my hand
And you promised to never let go
We’re walking the tightrope
High in the sky
We can see the whole world down below
We’re walking the tightrope
Never sure, will you catch me if I should fall?
Well, it’s all an adventure
That comes with a breathtaking view
Walking the tightrope

With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you
With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

With you, ooh-ooh-ooh
With you

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2 Responses to “Walking God’s Tightrope”

  1. Chuck Abbe says:

    Ah yes, life is indeed an adventure. At 72 I am not likely to have the kind of awe-inspiring adventures that I might have had earlier, but I wake up every morning feeling like that day will be an adventure all on it’s own. I ask God to lead me wherever He will, and that can definitely lead to some surprising twists. Watching God at work in my life and my world is cause for awe and wonder.

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