she had been shopping with her mom in wal-mart.
she must have been 6 years old,
this beautiful brown haired,
freckle-faced image of innocence.
it was pouring outside.
the kind of rain
that gushes over the top of rain gutters,
so much in a hurry to hit the earth,
it has no time to flow down the spout.
we all stood there under the awning
and just inside the door of the wal-mart.
we all waited,
some patiently, others irritated,
because nature messed up their hurried day.
i am always mesmerized by rainfall.
i get lost in the sound and sight of the heavens
washing away the dirt and dust of the world.
memories of running, splashing
so carefree as a child
come pouring in as a welcome
reprieve from the worries of my day.
her voice was so sweet
as it broke the hypnotic trance
we were all caught in,
"mom, let's run through the rain.' she said.
'what?' mom asked.
'let's run through the rain!' she repeated.
we'll wait until it slows down a bit.'
this young child waited about another minute
and repeated: 'mom, let's run through the rain.'
'we'll get soaked if we do.' mom said.
'no, we won't, mom.
that's not what you said this morning,'
the young girl said
as she tugged at her mom's arm.'
when did i say we could run through the rain
and not get wet?'
'don't you remember?
when you were talking to daddy
about his cancer, you said,
if god can get us through this,
he can get us through anything!'
the entire crowd stopped dead silent.
i swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain.
we all stood silently.
no one came or left in the next few minutes.
mom paused and thought for a moment
about what she would say.
now some would laugh it off
and scold her for being silly.
some might even ignorewhat was said.
but this was a moment of affirmation
in a young child's life.
time when innocent trust can be nurtured
so that it will bloom into faith.
'honey, you are absolutely right.
let's run through the rain.
if get wet, well maybe we just needed washing.'
mom said. then off they ran.
we all stood watching, smiling and laughing
as they darted past the cars.
they held their shopping bags
over their heads just in case.
they got soaked.
but they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed
like children all the way to their cars.
and yes, i did. i ran. i got wet.
i needed washing.
circumstances or people can take away your material possessions,
they can take away your money,
and they can take away your health.
but no one can ever take away your precious memories.
so, don't forget to make time
and take the opportunities
to make memories every day!
there is a season and a time
to every purpose under heaven.
i hope you still take the time
to run through the rain.