One afternoon this past week I was helping count test booklets before packing them up to send in for completion. One of our ELD teachers was in the conference room as well checking them for stray pencil marks.
As we were chatting, I soon realized she had made the walk from Tulsa to Oklahoma City during the teacher walkout. She had walked the entire 110 miles, the entire way. About 18-19 miles a day. For days. Wow! What a “feat”!
Then she showed me her feet! Blister upon blister! Blackened and lost toenails! She credited some of it from wearing boots. The day there was snow.
She told me her doctor told her if you are going to walk long distances, you should wear a shoe a full size larger. Good to know.
It reminded me of the song:
But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
She said it was fun. Then she quickly said, “Well, not exactly fun. Worthwhile.” She started that first day and would go home at night. Then as she got farther away from home, she decided to spend the night. In school gyms. And one night they even got a hotel.
She did it for the students. And their families. That were at home in Tulsa and were standing there beside the road each day in their local community cheering them on.
There was a dinner for them at the completion of their journey, and she got a certificate signed by two of our state legislators for her accomplishment. She kind of chuckled when showing it to me.
The real award she carried in her heart, and no amount of blisters could change what that woman would do for her kids. She was a true example of being Christ’s hands and feet. Literally. She walked in love. Some 110 miles.
Thank you Kara!
To fall down at your door
and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5 2
Love and laughter,