Another Skywalker

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A young person once asked my dad if he had actually seen the very first Star Wars film in a theater. (A New Hope opened in 1977.) Now it’s only a matter of hours before crowds will flock to Star Wars: Episode VII. Over the past four decades most of the world has heard about Luke Skywalker. But have you heard of this opportunity to become a Skywalker?

If you drive through Arizona to a particular portion of the Grand Canyon, you will find the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a cantilever bridge owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe. This U-shaped pedestrian walk is 70 feet long and just over 10 feet wide. Research assures me that the bridge is safe. Designed to withstand major earthquakes, it could hold over 800 people at one time, while maximum occupancy is limited to 120. It extends over the canyon wall atop a 500 foot drop and it’s made of glass.

Skywalking of that nature is not on my bucket list. I prefer to see the ground beneath my feet, thank you. In a spiritual sense, though, we don’t always get to do that. Sometimes we have to take a leap into nothingness, trusting that the ground is there, that our Lord is there. Jesus said (in John 20), “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have still believed.”

We have, in a sense, been called to live a life of Hualapai skywalking. We have to learn to trust that our Lord will carry us through the tough times, that he’ll equip us to do whatever he calls us to accomplish, that he loves our loved ones even more than we do. We have to believe he is in charge even on the days when life looks very different from solid ground. But we can. He is always there. He has promised never to leave or forsake us, to provide for all our needs and to love us with an everlasting love.

And so, in a sense, we skywalk every day. There’s an element of grand adventure in that degree of trust, far deeper and greater than strolling over a glass sidewalk (or even, for that matter, learning to use a light saber.) I invite you to join me in that grand adventure and to tell me about your walks of faith.

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