Light Up Shoes

IMG_6345Today Jesse and I celebrated fall break at the Children’s Museum.  It was awesome.  We went in the “haunted pirate ship” and had an adventure.  Jesse was made for this kind of stuff- activity, things to touch, and fun things to explore.

At one point, Jess turned around to me and declared, “Don’t be scared, mom.  I have my light up shoes.”

I could not begin to tell you how much I love my boy.  Here we were, walking through a semi-dark, kind of haunted pirate ship, not knowing what fun things would be around every corner.  My boy knows that there’s nothing to be afraid of because he has a light to guide his shoes through the dark.

What I loved even more was that he wanted me to not be scared either.  His shoes would be enough for both of us.

Don’t you love how little kids are so like Jesus?  Jesus says in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Kids get it, and they don’t even question that they are enough because they have a super power or whatever that is the Holy Spirit, and that they don’t have to be afraid.  The kingdom of heaven does belong to our children.  In fact, I love that they don’t have to use big words and lengthy theology.  They just have light up shoes (or a flashlight, light up shirt, whatever).  It’s simple.  It’s real.  It’s true.

At one point do we grow afraid?  And when do we stop believing that we aren’t enough?  When did we stop believing that we could be super heroes?  It’s an interesting thing to think about.  The risks get bigger as we get older, but the greater the adventures.

I wish I had some light up shoes, but I guess at some point we have to own that we don’t need the light up shoes, that in Christ we have the greatest light ever inside of us.  That’s where faith grows- when we can’t see it, but we choose to believe it and act on it.

In Matthew 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

I have to believe that when we act on that faith, our lamp stands become brighter, and it’s easier to believe that He is inside of us.  And not only that, but others can see it more clearly too.  That’s the difference between little kids and grown ups; we get to choose to believe without wearing the shoes.


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