where my feet hit the ground.

Mountains

If the cliff has an edge and gravity will force things to the floor, I’m leaving my shoes at home.

For I would much rather land with bare feet on the cement than have my sole buffering the fall.

I can see it now; now that I took off my shoes before jumping off the cliff.

It’s raw, like walking on gravel shoeless.

It’s difficult.

It’s painful. It’s disheartening. It’s different.

“I thought I was tough. I thought I was better at this.”

We can’t do it on our own, so we choose not to do it at all.

It’s a protection mechanism, I think.

There was a time when I was young that I took off my purple Velcro sandal to find tiny rocks stuck in the sole of the shoe.

“I know that if my bare feet walk on gravel, it will hurt,” I learn.

And sometimes, that’s the way of our souls.

The things that hurt us often find a place near to our soul, but there’s a self-created buffer that allows our mind to interpret the pain in a way that is different than the way it is in truth. The hurt sometimes hides in the words, “I’m fine. It’s okay.”

It’s important to remember that the fact that we wear shoes does not change the fact that rocks will make our feet feel uncomfortable if we were to step on them with bare feet.

The fact that we place a human barrier between our hurt and our intention to manage that hurt properly does not change the fact that the hurt is very real.

Our human-created solution rarely solves anything at all.

When our broken souls attempt to interpret the pain we experience, it skews the way we think about our situations. It skews the way we think about God. It skews the plans we create for ourselves. It is affected by a barrier that disallows us to perceive the negative things we are holding onto in a way that is effective. We say we’re fine. We believe we’re fine.

That’s why we need a Savior.

Because when Jesus comes in, he takes off our shoes. He washes our feet.

He removes our need to be tough.

And in that moment, we no longer need sandals.

Our once-broken soul is healed.

We are free to walk without protection on our feet; unashamed and unafraid.

The rocks and uneven ground cannot harm us. God is our fortress.

Jesus destructed the barrier. Jesus overthrew Hell.

The realm of confusion and hurt will not surround us. We are remade to be at perfect peace in the midst of tribulation.

All we need to do is say yes to Jesus. To say, “I choose the victory.”

I choose the victory over my anxiety. I choose the victory over my guilt, my shame, my grief. I choose Jesus over my every fault, failure and fear.

In this moment, I wish to remind you that peace is as real as anxiety. Success is as real as failure. Worthiness is as real as shame.

The choice of the victory is simple; yet it will be the most radical decision we will ever make.

Our souls are no longer a barrier of false safety.

We’ll let loose the Kingdom of Light.

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