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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

This is a little different from what I usually do for my Evening post, but it's a beautiful story with a wonderful reminder to us all of just what is truly important.

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, 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 day.

The little red-haired girl's 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

'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.


They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you'll need each other -- and don't forget to run in the rain!


Peggy said...

I love this story, reminds us all what's really important.
I plan on getting wet a lot and letting the rain wask me as much as posible.
Have a good weekend!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Love this Sylvia! What a lesson for everyone!

Janie said...

What a wonderful story. I love those "teachable" moments that are not missed by parents. Thanks for sharing.

pink dogwood said...

Oh my God Sylvia - beautiful story - brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing.

Beverley Baird said...

Thank you so much Sylvia for sharing this beautiful story.
The mom not only taught her daughter - she taught everyone there the meaning of living!

Sunny said...

Thank you for sharing such a touching story.
Enjoy your weekend.
Sunny :)

chrome3d said...

I don´t know if that was true or made up but it sure was a good one and I had to read it all despite the length. Got to go run through the rain right now.

Gypsy Lala said...

Thank you for sharing the story.

Anonymous said...

Your story brought tears to my eyes. Hope that girl and her family were blessed with happy ending of her story - they sure were brave in the rain!

storyteller said...

WOW ... powerfully poignant post! I'm so glad you shared and if it ever rains again in Southern California I play to let myself get washed thoroughly!
Hugs and blessings,

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