Many of you already know that back in ’98 I was in a severe car accident and I broke all my bones from the waist down. I broke both hips, both femurs, both tib-fibs and my left ankle. (I’m saving the right one to break sky diving someday.) During my recovery I was in severe pain, of course I went to work too early, and when anyone would accidentally bump or even nudge me the pain would start at the tip of my toes and radiate up to my head and down my spine.
I would leave work right after the students left and go home to bed to recover for the next teaching day. One evening when I was laying in bed everything hurt. I closed my eyes and prayed, “Please, God, just make this pain go away for a few seconds!” And at that moment, a sense of relief permeated throughout my body. I felt no pain, but it only lasted a few seconds. I thought, Darn, I should have asked for the miracle! I blew my chance!
Eighteen years have passed and just the other day I was going to be observed for my yearly evaluation and I was sick. I was coughing and choking and hacking. Every time I started to talk I would start coughing but of course I didn’t want to cancel my observation. I know the administrator observing me would have been very accommodating but I just wanted to get it done. The observation was at one. My students were reading silently while we waited for the administrator to show. I was in the back of the room trying to breathe without choking and I closed my eyes for a minute and prayed, “Please, God, just give me forty-five minutes without coughing or choking. That’s all I need just forty-five minutes.”
My administrator walked in at 12:57 and at 1:42 when I was wrapping things up my voice quick. I had to whisper my last sentence. And I started coughing and choking! I thought, Darn, I blew it again!
The moral of the story is ASK FOR AND EXPECT THE MIRACLE! I know there are many of you reading this that don’t pray. But I am not just talking about prayer I am talking about life. At work at ask for and expect the miracle. When teaching your students, ask for and expect the miracle. Especially, when it comes to what you expect from your self, ask for and expect the miracle. What’s the worst that could happen? Getting something close to a miracle?
It's been a long time, sistah! Where you been? P.S. I want to be a German Shepard and chase bad guys.
The Flip Side
I want all the lizards, bunnies and gopher in the area to come on my side of the fence.