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The Rain

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 tops of rain gutters,
so much in a hurry to hit the Earth it has no time to flow out the spout.
 
We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Wal-Mart.
We 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
the 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 replied. 

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 that 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. 

"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God lets us
get wet, well maybe we just need washing," Mom said. Then off they ran. We all
stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes,
through 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 as 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! To everything there is a season and
a time to every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

I hope that you will still take time to run through the rain. 

- Source Unknown

 
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