UPWARD GLANCE - Blaine only survived 17 minutes

by Kyle
published November 30, 2012


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Until his record was beat by Tom Sietas in 2008 (at a whopping 22 minutes), David Blaine formerly held the record for the holding his breath underwater the longest at 17 minutes.

If you aren’t familiar with his work, Blaine is a magician and escape artist, not a diver. Some of his other ‘stunts’ include fasting in a box suspended above Potters Fields Park in London for 44 days and being frozen in a block of ice suspended above Times Square in New York for 63 hours. When asked why he had decided to pursue the record, he said something that deserves examination: Blaine claimed that many of his stunts were designed to test how long the human body can survive without anything else. Food, warmth and, above all, oxygen are vital to human survival, and Blaine said he continually tries to push the envelope to survive as long as possible without these things.

Please don’t let this fact escape you: left completely to his own devices, without any outside aid, David Blaine only lasted 17 minutes and 4.5 seconds. He had previously survived 18,447,840 minutes courtesy of a sustaining God who gave him all he needed for life. When he cut himself off from everything, he only lasted 17. Conservatively, David Blaine can claim credit for .0000922% of his own existence, and that’s a lot more than a lot of us.

How much of your own existence are you trying to claim? How keenly do you see your unwitting reliance on God? How much more are you willing to trust Him with?

The fact of the matter is that, whether you trust Him or not, God has ordered your life already. Blessing happens when you trust Him with those things He has already decided.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” - James 1:17

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