The Day Of The Dreaded Shoe

When I was a kid, second grade to be exact, I had one of the most embarrassing experiences of my life.

In PE, we would often run relays. The teacher, Mrs. Brooks, would announce the relay, and we would all scream in delight for a minute before we started the race.

Well, as I told you before, I got in trouble a lot as a kid. Listening was not always my forte. That particular day, I thought Mrs. Brooks had announced the race so I threw my head back, mouth open as wide as it would go, and I screamed as loud as I could until I ran out of breath. When I stopped to take a breath, you could’ve heard a pin drop. Much to my dismay, Mrs. Brooks had NOT announced the relay. All eyes were on poor little ol’ me! Some were giggling, some were shaking their heads, some were in total shock, but the look on Mrs. Brooks’ face was a glare I’d wouldn’t soon forget.

Now, you have to remember, this was 1978, things were much different then than they are now. There wasn’t all this political correctness, and there sure wasn’t a ‘don’t bruise a child’s self esteem’ attitude.

Mrs. Brooks locked eyes with me, and motioned for me to come here. The walk down that aisle seemed like it was at least two miles. When I got down there, she took off her shoe, told me to bend over, and lit my butt up! Yes, she whipped us with her shoe. No questions asked, and right there in front of God and everybody.

When we don’t listen to God, He sometimes lets us learn things the hard way. Take Jonah for instance. God told him, “Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh!” Jonah 1:2 But Jonah didn’t listen and he got swallowed up by a whale!

Thankfully, on that fateful day, in Mrs Brooks second grade PE class, God didn’t provide a whale to swallow me. (Now that I think about it that might’ve been less embarrassing!) He did however, provide a big shoe to remind me that listening and paying attention to directions was important. And I lived to tell about it, and I never screamed out of turn in her class again. *Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. Proverbs 19:20

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