Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Running Through The Rain

Imagine if it is raining right now…imagine raindrops are crashing against the grass outside your home while you are sipping coffee right now. Ask yourself this question, "When was the last time you played in the rain?" Here's a story that I want to share with you about running through the rain.

Sometimes we forget who we were.

Once upon a time, there was lovely girl named Stephanie who was shopping with her mom in Tesco. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful black-haired, porcelain white image of innocence. It was pouring outside. You know 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. 

Happiness is about being grateful with just about anything...

We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of Tesco. We waited, some patiently, others irritated by nature who messed up their hurried day. I don’t know about you by I am always mesmerized by rainfall. Sometimes I get 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. 

“Mom! Mom! Let’s run through the rain,” the little girl said. Her voice was so sweet that it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in. 

“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. 

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!” 

At that very moment…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 the little girl for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. 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 a washing.” Mom said and then off they ran. 

We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as both mom and daughter darted past the cars and they held their shopping bags over their heads. They got soaked of course. But they were soon followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did too. I got wet. I needed washing as well. 

Feel the rain on your skin.

You see in life…circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money and they can also take away your health. But no one can 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. I hope you still take the time to run through the rain.