She had been shopping with her Mom in Walmart. She must
have been 6 years old, this beautiful red 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 Walmart. We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized
by rainfall. I got 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.
"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom
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. "This morning? 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 ignore what
was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that
it will bloom intofaith.
"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the
rain. If GOD let's us 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 and yes, through the puddles. 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 everyday.