A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Walmart. She must have been six 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.

Or your faith.

So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.

And take time to run through the rain.

–Author Unknown

14 Responses to Need Washing?

  1. Deborah says:

    We all need to let the rain fall in our life so we can be washed, purified & restored back into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. Thanks for sharing such a Beautiful Reminder!

  2. sandra davis faulknor says:

    My God powerful words indeed, I felt so discouraged after getting my exams result I really needed an encouraging word, your words are so powerful. God blessed the day I signed up to this mighty Web site. thanks very much, looking forward to more

  3. TOnzi says:

    Wow! I love it.

    • prossy ngobya says:

      Lovely, indeed God will take me through this rain of issues in my life. Thanks I am greatly touched and encouraged and reminded that he alone knows what will happen next. Hallelujah,!

  4. bisi says:

    Hmm thank God for refreshing our memories, what’s it’s like to run or play in the rain. I pray we remove the guard and caution and allow our spirits soul and body flow with the Holy Spirit.

  5. Holly says:

    Beautiful and so sweet! The innocence and faith of a little child!

  6. Claudette Keel says:

    Thank you I so needed this reminder! We all go through our day mesmerized by the things in this world forgetting that we all need to be cleansed with love and laughter as well as the wonderments God shows us everyday.

  7. Keri Lynn Siegel says:

    That is awesome!

  8. omega says:

    Thanks, no one can take away my faith not even death.

  9. Agnes Ngingo says:

    The few articles that I have received since I subscribed have been very encouraging and enlightening. May God continue giving you the grace to continue what you are doing. and changing many lives.
    Its amazing how God uses the innocent voices of children to brighten our lives. Those words that the mother of that little girl said to her husband have encouraged me so much as I am going through a very difficult period in my life and I truly believe that I God will see me through it. I surely need washing as well.

  10. Maureen says:

    Thank you for this beautiful message. We can learn so much from children.

  11. Marek says:

    Thank you +

  12. Louise wohltmann says:

    Yes—–I love walking in the rain.

  13. Harvellia Thomas says:

    WOW!! I love it. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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