Need Washing?

A little girl had  been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. 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, 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 came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from     the worries of my day.
Her little 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 a 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 left. 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 into faith.
“Honey, you are absolutely right!. Let’s run through the rain!    If GOD  let’s 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 the puddles. They got soaked.
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.
To everything there  is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.
H/T  to Shane Cobane, KIRO radio traffic reporter and  the best “Elvis Impersonator” I know! 

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8 years ago

Thank you, LTG! I truly needed the precious reminder.

8 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Judy, consider it a gift and message from our Lord Jesus Christ.
I was clearing out my email this morning, (I had over 3,000 in my inbox!) not taking my time to read them, just robotically hitting the delete button. When I came to one I’d received in my inbox about a year ago, something prompted me to stop and read it. When I did, I felt compelled to post it. It’s a blessing to me to know the Lord used me to reach out to you today.

8 years ago
Reply to  lowtechgrannie

I am always awed by God’s little nudges to look at this or open that. Thanks for listening. 🙂

8 years ago

God is the best and most wonderful of artists. No one can paint a sky as
beautiful as He can, even the most beautiful raindrops! After the flood
comes the rainbow.