Walk for Water 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I'm not sure where it all came from, or how it happened. I keep double checking the walk website and I'm almost afraid to say it out loud . . . but we raised $4,613 for Water Missions International!! Our goal was $4,000. I'm floored. And a few more water bottles full of change have turned up at school. So who knows what the grand total will be? All I know is, I'm so proud of the good people at our church and preschool, and I'm so thankful for their generosity. I'm thrilled by the children, who returned so many bottles, full of change. 
What over $1,000 in change looks like!
All week long, it threatened rain the day of the walk. And though it ended up raining all weekend, not one drop fell until the walk was over. 
Here's how it works: You pick up a bucket at the starting line,
and walk - along the beautiful Charleston battery.
You think about what the average walk for water is really like.
You get some dirty water,
and keep walking.
Your kids complain about being tired, and you remind them - that's kinda the point. You return to the park, and dump the dirty water into the big black pool.
It goes through the solar powered filtration system, and comes out clean.
You drink it, buy some Chik-fil-a biscuits, listen to great music, and let your kids jump in the jump castle. (Wow, they're suddenly not so tired!) You try to exhale the heavy guilt and overwhelming joy of it all. You pray, right there in the middle of the park, with your eyes open and your kids talking to you, but your thoughts are on God: Why? Why? Why? How? How? How? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

It's a glorious mess, this getting involved with helping others thing. It doesn't matter if you are walking for water, tutoring kids down the street, working on VBS, taking care of your elderly parents, fundraising for cancer research - whatever. At some point, you get outside of yourself and you SEE. You struggle, you don't understand, you feel frustrated, you're not sure you can do it again, and then . . . you thank God. Maybe that is part of getting just a little bit closer to the way He wants us to be. I don't know. I just know that, for me, the struggle at the end is kind of the best part.

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2 Responses to “Walk for Water 2013”

  1. I love this Courtney! What a great way to share the act of giving with your kids :)

  2. You know I think this is fan-super-tastic.