Last Friday night, my family decided to watch Nik Wallenda walk over Niagara Falls. At first it wasn’t so much the feat but the fact that we had been there a couple of years ago and loved looking at God’s creation.
During the time we were watching, we noticed that Nik Wallenda was talking about how he didn’t want to walk the tight rope with a safety harness attached. He had felt that he needed to walk it without any security. Nik stated that God was with him no matter how he did it. Nik said that it was because of God and the message of His Son, Jesus Christ, that he needed to walk across Niagara Falls.
This event, from last Friday, came to mind because I have been dealing with the emotional and psychological problem of security. Usually, when we think of security we think about the guy at the bank, who is watching over everything to ensure safety. In the computer realm, we think of security as something that protects our network. However, as our economy has been showing, security is a thing of the past.
The unemployment rate is high, while the available jobs is very low. More and more people are going hungry, losing homes or moving to another state they can afford all because their security is gone.
In days past, we saw how big businesses took the employees security, in the form of retirement, and “gambled” it for their pleasure. The employees were left without the security of retirement, while the bosses still got their bonuses.
If you watch enough television, you will notice ads for home security. On the business channels, you will see advertisements for “gold – the secure investment”. No matter where you look, we all need this sense of security. However, the same places we look for security, are the same places that we feel betray us and invoke an insecure environment.
Have you ever wondered why people and society feel the need to tell everyone that most of our foods are unhealthy and that we need to exercise 5 days a week? It is true that our Western culture has an obesity epidemic. However, when I ask people why they are working out, some actually say that by working out they will live longer. They place their security in health clubs and eating habits. That is until the doctors tell them they have an incurable disease.
These were the thoughts that have been plaguing my mind for a number of days. This morning, my wife knew something was wrong. I explained that recently, I had been told that people I know just lost their jobs. This brought back the feelings I had when I was laid off eleven years ago. The wounds of helplessness and insecurity re-opened with the salt of depression rubbing into those wounds. My wife then said, “Where is your security? Is it in Jesus or your job?” I giggled and told her she was right.
A moment or so later, I heard a song on K-Love radio that reminded me of my security in Christ. When I arrived at my office one passage came to mind, which led me to this passage in 2 Corinthians 5…..
“For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.”
It was then that God reminded me of this one thing…the Holy Spirit is our “guarantee”, our security. He has been given to us as a deposit of what is to come. It is the Holy Spirit that reminds us that our life is just a breeze, a training ground for the eternal life that awaits us in Jesus.
It is not in our jobs, our family, our investments or our health. It is not in friends, church or possessions. It is not in our creativity, talents or gifts. It is simply in the Holy Spirit. Nothing more, nothing less.
Today was a good reminder of what our life is really about. I was reminded that this life is not our final destination, but a stop until this body gives up and we go home to be with the Lord. As Paul stated in another letter, “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” May we all be reminded that we need to do our best, regardless of circumstances or experiences. We need to live today for His Kingdom and glory. We need to live today to bring someone to Christ. We need to live today for this is the gift of breath God has given to us.
My hope and prayer is that you have been reminded, like I, that this life isn’t about me, but about Christ. For Christ is the only security I need. Like Nik Wallenda, I don’t need a safety harness, just Jesus. Thank you Nik for your valuable insight into life and eternity.
God Bless and encourage someone today.