Posted by: Brian Andrew Davis | July 21, 2009

Man on Wire

mowOur second night in NYC we went back a little early to Janna’s apartment and put on a movie that we had been carrying around for weeks that we got off Netflix: ‘Man on Wire’.

The flick came out last August and actually won Best Documentary this past year at the Academy Awards, even though the event it discusses is much older.  Early evening on August 6, 1974, a young frenchman named Phillipe Petit (along with a small team of old friends, insiders, and rigging experts) broke into the World Trade Center (still under construction) and rigged a tightrope from the south tower to the north.  The team worked all night to elude security, rig the tightrope and the anchor ropes that were required due to the swaying of the towers in the wind, and make sure Phillipe was ready for the walk.  At 7:15 AM on August 7, Phillipe stepped out onto the rope, and wound up making eight different crossings before he was forced to come off (due to the threat of a police helicopter).  While he was taken into custody and then a mental health facility, he was discharged with no crime besides the description of the incident being ‘Man on wire’.

The documentary is thrilling and well put together with some fantastic reenactments and as much of the original sound bites, photos, and video possible.  Janna commented afterward that it was amazing to see how moved his team was after so long.  The act itself was a beautiful and moving thing.  What amazed me was despite the other team members’ lack of recognition, even mistreatment (one of his closest team members was banned from the United States while Phillipe was let off), they were still inspired and moved by being a part of what Phillipe did.

petitTo Bethany and I we are at a place where we feel much like Phillipe…we see where we are and we see where we would like to be in the future, but a chasm lies in between and it is taking a lot of faith to step out onto the tightrope of getting an apartment and getting more education when we don’t have an income or even many promising leads right now.  Yet we know God has a plan for us all the same.

We read through Hebrews 11 and 12 on our drive home from New York.  It is amazing that at the end of Hebrews 11, the writer said “And all these,though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us,that apart from us they should not be made perfect” [v39-40].  The heroes of faith did not even receive what they had been hoping for!  Yet we have received full grace through Jesus, redemption through his blood and the fullness of grace in this present age.  I guess compared to this, a job is really not that big of a deal.

All the same, please pray for Bethany and I as we get started in our new life in Marietta soon.


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