Run in the Rain

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 3, 2013

She had been shopping with her Mom in Wal-Mart. 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 that it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Wal-Mart. 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 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 lets us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,” Mom said. They 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 too. I got wet. I guess 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 every day. I hope you will take time to run through the rain!

By - Bob Perks
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35 comments
  1. Hello,
    I clicked follow on your blog but for some reason I don’t get the email notice when your new posts come up??? I get the other WP blogs, is there something else I need to do?
    Love your stuff, may God continue to work in and through you!

  2. Becky said:

    This was a great story, and a good reminder for all of us to look for the good things in life! I really enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing daily encouragement! God Bless You!

  3. I don’t like it a bit. I love it!!!! May i repost? Thanks. I guess i need washing too.

  4. Oh this made me smile. What a heart warming story. And what a beautiful thing this mother did for her child and also the strangers around her. I want to run in the rain now! :-)

  5. What a wonderful story! You told it beautifully!! It made my heart smile!! And what a wise mother to respond in the way that she did!!
    Blessings – Kellie

  6. What a wonderful story! I’ll splash in a rain puddle next time for you! :-)

  7. Lyn said:

    I’ve read this before, but you know what? A smile began creeping across my face before I’d finished the first line. I love this story. It’s so true…’a little child shall lead them.’ Thanks Kenny.

  8. Joyful Reader said:

    How sweet! Thank you for reminding me to take these types of moments and have fun with my kids! Too often we get wrapped up in our busyness and forget that! God bless!

    • ….there’s nothing like a run in the rain!!!! Some people have been seen dancing in the rain!!!! LOL Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  9. Hello!

    Great story!! Great lesson!! Thanks for sharing it!!

    I did a search and found this story credited to Bob Perks.

    Hope that helps!!

    • Hey Lisa, Thanks for helping with the original author. I just updated the Author to Bob Perks. Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  10. I’ve been reading your blog on and off for a couple of weeks and this post made me decide I want your stories in my inbox every morning. Such a good reminder….Thanks.

  11. I love a misty rain … running thru puddles … and your beautiful story. Made me weep with joy.

  12. Nice-memories of moments with our children can be precious-I enoyed reading this story

  13. YJ said:

    I enjoyed reading this….while running through the rain…refreshing!

  14. Tanya M. said:

    Love reading the stories you find! Such a wonderful part of my mornings these days. Thanks for posting. :)

  15. You really got me this time! Lots of tissues!!!! :) Don’t know if I have said this…last year when there was a possibility of brain surgery I was worried about losing my memories–the good ones–and my daughter said, “Don’t worry, Mom, I will tell you all of the stories so that you will have new and better memories without the bad parts.” Thank you for this, Kenny! :D

  16. Beautiful!
    The children hear and respond to our words and actions. We need to have the mind of a child in so many areas of life. We don’t understand what the Lord said about that. We want the kids to grow up and be adults but really we need to learn to grow down and be more like a child. Greater faith and trust will come with that. Maybe we do need to get washed. Often we do. When we step into the rain we shouldn’t expect that all the drops will miss us. We need to look for the reason the drops hit us and help our kids understand it too. Maybe they understand better than us already.

  17. J. Randall Stewart said:

    I have to ask, did this really happen? The story is so picturesque and perfect.

    • I agree with you. This is a well written story. I could almost smell the rain while I read it the first time….. Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  18. The coffee’s extremely tasty this morning, Kenny T! I’ll have another cup. Great story! :)

  19. Great story as usual. I make an attempt everyday to not be attached to material things. Material things just create clutter, but memories are what give me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. :)

  20. I could use a good washing from God from time to time…..enjoy always, T

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