Thursday, October 29, 2009

Need Washing?

I have a wonderful cousin that I haven't seen in years! I spent a lot of time with her as a child and teen. Some of my most memorable years were with her and the antics we created. We keep in touch via email. She always sends me "mail" - some funny (hysterically), some sad, some serious, and some everyday news. She sent this email this morning - and since I am in one of those "what am I doing?" moods, this really touched me. Thought I would share it:

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 day.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.'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 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 heaven. I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN.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. Send this to the people you'll never forget. If you don't send it to anyone, it means you're in a hurry.Take the time to live!!!Keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you'll need each other -- and don't forget to run in the rain!


  1. Absolutely Beautiful! Isn't it funny "God really knows me - He knows I need to hear or see things more than once in order for them to "stick" in my head! (What does that tell you about me?)." how much we really are alike. As I sit here yes at 1:49 in the morning, going through my mail I find a message from a friend sent several weeks ago entitled "Who will answer-I wonder?" This piece reflects on the many friends we encounter through out our life time. People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Reading and weeping as I read "Need Washing" To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. God has reminded me of so many friends and moments I have put on hold from being caught up in the worldly wars around me. Yes some have only been for a reason or a season but others still wait for me... Yes, I need washing! I need to take the time to reflect and be the friend I should be to everyone around me. Life's to brutal to not enjoy the rain with your friends even if it means getting wet or putting aside 10 minutes worth of complaining to hold someone else's hand and ask "Would you like to run through rain with me?" I Love you Cricket, you are a true inspiration to me my friend! Miss you & Donna too...

  2. Barb, I love this post. You always speak to my heart in everything you write. I want so much to abide in love not legalism. I have to "unlearn" alot of stuff. But, I know that He is able to help me :) Thank you for your openess. It is such a blessing.


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