Need Washing?

 A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. 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 Target.

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

The 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.

"Lets 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 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 into faith.

"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. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under