How to walk in Stilettos

Writer’s block, whoa! It is a real thing. I mean, your head just goes blank on you while you need it to function the most. I must say, hats off to every writer, especially the ones that write on a daily basis. It must be something and y’all are my icons, am still trying to crack that. Anyway, my block has been for almost a month now and my friends sort of saw it as an excuse to being lazy and complacent, you need such people in your circle, not the yes yes kind that will see you go into a ditch and applaud you for that.So randomly we came up with the idea to go for some bike riding to a place called Gatundu, from Juja. And it was gone, the block was gone. While I was painfully peddling trying to reach my friends I got something, Faith.She is a beautiful lady I must say, I mean the beautiful call her beautiful, and I, by the way, am the beautiful that’s calling her that, let’s not mix stuff. I met her at the gate and in a snap she invited me for her birthday that Sunday after church. I was a fresher mind you and she was so free-spirited to invite me and my friend. I remember her vividly because she is the first lady I saw with stilettos, not pumps, stilettos. Later I met with other ladies who wore them but I think why my memory was stuck on Faith is the fact that I relate Stilettos with faith. Putting on stilettos in the hilly Murang’a means you have faith according to me, faith that you will actually come back home with no injuries from a fall or a twist; having those stilettos the whole day without the back up of some flat shoes is a whole new different faith altogether.Stilettos have a way of changing a dull outfit to one that rocks, it sort of brings out a glow that only it can. Well, it also makes you stand tall of course. There’s the lot that won’t become tall even after having those shoes on,the noticeable height, like Faith, then there’s my lot who are actually tall regardless, you have to come to terms with that, your height. Height is relative if you ask me.The secret in looking great in these shoes is how you walk, don’t doubt any step and walk like you actually owe no one any debt, even if the shoes are borrowed just walk like they are yours. And don’t look down, the secret in not twisting your foot or worse, falling is to look ahead. It is kind of like riding a bike, you do not look at the wheel, look forward, don’t look at the shoes no matter how beautiful. Balance is found in looking forward.In addition, get all the negative energy out, don’t think about falling, if you do you will fall. Reminds me of my ride, every time I focused on the ditch, I found myself there. Don’t over think it, let your feet take you there. The similarity of riding and stilettos is just too much. Don’t put too much weight on the feet while walking in the stilettos or the hands while riding, all the weight should go to the butt (sorry there’s no other word for this).I would want to say that you should not carry an extra flat shoe in your bag but many will disagree including myself, I know there’s no better feeling like feeling your feet on the ground again after two hours of being high and smiling to everyone that tells you that you look beautiful, and not getting to tell them that you’re taking it all in, with tears, especially if you’re a first-timer. But no pressure lady in pursuit, we’ll get there, where you have the shoe the whole day with a genuine smile and no backup plan.The secret in looking great in these shoes is how you walk, don’t doubt any step and walk like you actually owe no one any debt, even if the shoes are borrowed just walk like they are yours. So my ride took me up to Peter, the one Christ called the Rock, the one that chopped off a soldier’s ear to defend the man he had left his fish business for, the one that said he’s never been with Jesus (uriskia wapi?) That Peter, the one who was daring enough to tell Him that if He was the One, then He should tell him to come(the word ‘the One’ makes me want to digress ladies). And he went, walked for some time, and looked at the “front wheel/stilettos” and fear gripped him. He couldn’t believe that he was walking on water, in truth, his walk was dependant on looking forward because in front of him was the Lamb of God, radiant as ever, calling him forward to Himself. He looked at himself and his effort and forgot that it wasn’t the effort that was required but grace, the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was already paid for by Him and he was not allowed to tiptoe any longer. He was given the grace, the right to step hard on the scorpions and snakes and nothing whatsoever was going to harm him. There was nothing beautiful down to look, not even his feet and the Lord was calling him, to do life together with him.It is unfortunate that Peter, the Rock was in unfamiliar territory, there was no back up “flat shoe” to put him afloat. If he missed a step in his territory he would have sunk, die even. Like speeding in a hill on a bike a sudden halt can be fatal no matter how logical it might play out in your head, it can cost you your life, what I learned while riding is that sometimes the only way to remain alive in the midst of chaos is to press on, move forward, let the momentum take you there. Look at Him the author and perfecter of your faith.However, if you get at a point where you doubt yourself, no delete that, when you get to a place where you end up doubting what He is telling you He will do with you, when you doubt His power and start sinking, He’ll reach out to you, because He loves you, when you end up “twisting your foot” because you were too self-conscious He will walk with you. And because He loves what He has in store for you, He will get you there. Oh, you of little faith.Interestingly, am yet to see a lady who doesn’t love stilettos whether she wears them or not, we just love heels. Our reasons for not wearing them are varied, from external or internal reasons, I am not judging. We Christians also love how people look like when they’re clothed with faith, they have a glow that only faith can bring. They have a beautiful aura about them, too bad that we always want to have a backup plan up our sleeves, that we are trusting Him to get us there but are still holding on to some part and allowing effort to take the glory. Too bad that we do not want to exercise our faith in those terrains that look dangerous, too bad that the flat shoe is always too near for a replacement.It is crazy but I pray that the Lord will take us to an Unfamiliar territory, a place where it is Him or Him, a place where the ground is not within reach because this is the place where some of us will spread their wings and realize that they can fly. This is the place where we shall look like our father. The next time you put those shoes on, think of these things, your walk on them is as good as your exercise with them. So let’s exercise.Model: Eunice Wanjiku


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7 Comments

  1. So much to identify with here… Thanks for bringing out such a great lesson from the stilleto illustration. You are blessed
    As I learn to trust Him to walk with me,I also yearn for the day I’ll have enough faith to wear stillettos without back up ya flat shoes

  2. Wow. I love the Stiletto o analogy that you’ve used here. And i love stilettos too . Keep being a blessing!

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