Thirty-six thousand runners completed the 26.2 mile marathon course in London in 2012. So did Claire Lomas.
The paralyzed 32-year-old conquered the course of uneven sidewalks using a bionic suit to control her legs. Her effort took around 40 hours, averaging between a mile and 2.5 miles spread over 17 days. Claire is a former chiropractor and competitive cross-country horse rider. She broke her spine after being thrown from her horse five years earlier.
Claire’s is an overcomer. From strenuous athleticism to immobility; from a wheelchair to a pioneering bionic suit called ReWalk which gives her mobility through motion sensors, battery operated motors and an onboard computer system. She can stand, walk and climb stairs. When her daughter was learning to walk, Claire joined her – one for the first time, the other for the second time around.
She completed the race with her husband in tow. Tourists, supporters and family clapped her along to a marathon success.
See also: http://www.amazon.ca/Finding-My-Feet-Claire-Lomas/dp/0992799015
Ordinary feet are not perfect. When they inevitably deteriorate, they have our full attention. In our day to day lives, we may notice other weak, broken or marked feet. But we often look away. It is a shame; even in a glance we could still glean some truth.
Marked feet have metaphorical significance. They point to a spiritual truth, modeling God’s original purposes for our feet:
- A dependent walk
- A definitive gait
- A message of redemption with every step
There is always a back story on marked feet. The theme is usually about overcoming the odds: Clubfeet are a congenital deformity. Badly fitting shoes cause hammer toes. A diving accident paralyzes the diver. Polio weakens a child’s muscles, necessitating crutches for life. An industrial accident leaves the worker with a limp. An IED (improvised explosive device) hits a soldier on foot patrol. Amputation and prosthetics are just the beginning of a rehabilitated walk.
It behooves us to learn the narrative of any marked foot.
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