It was pouring outside. People all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the shopping mall. They waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. Among them was a little girl had been shopping with her Mom. She was about 6 years old, beautiful red haired with a freckle faced image of innocence.
The little voice was so sweet, “Mom, let’s run through the rain,” she said.
“What?” Mom asked.
“Let’s run through the rain!” The little girl repeated.
“No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,” Mom replied.
The little girl 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 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 we can get through this, we can get through anything!'”
The entire crowd stopped dead silent. Only the rain can be heard. They 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 we get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,” Mom said.
Then off they ran. People all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and 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.
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 opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose.
I hope you still take the time to run through the rain.