When I was about four years old I had these dope light up sneakers.
No joke. They were awesome.
I remember jumping up and down, dancing, doing whatever I could to see the lights.
If you didn’t move they did not light up. I never wanted the lights to stop.
Today, I was reminded of my first memory of being afraid. The topic of fear has been on my mind a lot as I start this new chapter of my life (attending medical school).
I remember being outside at my grandmother’s house in the Bronx, NY. It was a beautiful sunny summer day; however, I needed to go inside in the house. The only way to get inside was to go through the basement.
The basement was pitch black. I am talking black hole black. It was ominous to say the least. As a four year old it was basically the set for a horror movie.
I had no idea where the light switch was down there….
So, naturally I did what any other toddler would do/ (maybe I still do in my dark basement at home as a 22 year old)…..
I started sprinting through the basement and up the steep stairs to try to make it into the house without being murdered by all the monsters. I was breathing heavy. My legs were hurting. But I can attest that in that moment I was faster than Usain Bolt.
Once I was a few steps up I noticed something that took away my fear.
My feet were lighting the way.
This is exactly how Christ acts in our lives.
There are a lot of Bible verses about the theme of light.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light sines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1: 4-5
“The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1
These verses are awesome at explaining something.
With Christ we find clarity.
Follow Him and His word and your staircase is lit up.
Follow Him and darkness will be defeated.
Follow Him and hope will flourish, fear will die.
When I was climbing the stairs I did not see the light unless I was moving my feet. I believe the same goes for our relationships with Christ. If we sit around hoping God will do the miraculous for us we will be disappointed. Christ did not call us to a life of inaction but rather a life of crazy and ridiculous faith.
He called us to a life of prayer, fasting, love, humility, joy, and peace.
This is a choice we must make. Each virtue/act of faith/ act of service is a new step forward up the faith walk staircase.
Each one of us was called to run through the basement of fear. We are not called to sit in the corner of the basement hiding our faces. We are called to move our feet and let His light guide us home.
The love of Christ is lighting your steps.
Keep moving those feet in love to keep seeing His light.
Don’t ever be afraid of the world’s darkness because with Him….