What is your safety net?

Human cannonball
Entering the cannon

A great tragedy occurred in Kent on Monday. Matt Cranch, a young stuntman, performing as a human cannonball died when a safety net failed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Many people have a spiritual safety net that they beleieve will keep them safe in eternity. For Egyptian pharaohs it was the treasures that filled their tombs. For some today, their safety net is a belief in reincarnation, without any certainty that it will hold them. Of course wishful thinking doesn’t turn something that is supposed into something that is real. The atheist claims that there is no life after this one, but has no certainty; remember the 2008 atheist bus campaign slogan, “There’s probably no God.” The only dependable safety net is a real relationship now with the One who made us; knowing that as the Bible describes it, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath  are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27)

A second tragedy occurred this week in Texas on Wednesday. David Wilkerson, a world famous author and pastor, died in a fatal traffic accident. Whether Matt knew where he was going or not, we don’t know, but David Wilkerson certainly did. He knew God personally, and had done for many years. You can read about his experiences with God and with New York gang members in his book The Cross and the Switchblade. God’s words were precious to David. Just as the Psalmist writes:

“Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.” (Psalm 119:109)


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