09 July 2011

As the clouds darkened over fair Franklin,

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and the children grew anxious at sound of the ominous thunder,

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there was one girl who was not afraid!

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One blissfully ignorant girl who doesn't know rain as anything but cool and new and magical.

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And so it came. And it came hard.

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And the more it rained, the more she flapped and danced

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and ventured off of the porch and into the wonderful downpour of delight.

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Because for her, a thunderstorm was nothing to fear. It was an opportunity - a chance to learn and dance and flit around.

She had nothing to fear - Mama was right nearby.

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And as the rains subsided and the thunder quieted,

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the children went inside, wet and safe and happy.

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Today I saw the world through the eyes of my child.

And I remembered what it's like to be a child of God.

My girl danced in the rain and reminded me, in the face of a storm, to let go with abandon and feel the rain on my face.

After all, my Father is right near by.

16 comments:

Carla said...

So much we can learn from our kids! So sweet.

~Laurie~ said...

BEAUTIFUL! My oldest son (16) and youngest daughter (9) who always seem to be in "discussion" mode (= fighting!!) walked together around our yard, in the pouring rain just the other day. I watched quietly from the window and hoped it would stay with me as a forever memory. Thank you for sharing this with your readers - I know now that another mother had a forever memory implanted.

Ashley @ Coffee and Apple Juice said...

Love this post. We had the same experience with our little man the other day... only, I didn't get cute pics like you did ;)

Rachael said...

The Lord has used this to encourage my heart as my young, little family is facing many storms including the separation of my parents after 31 years of marriage. Life is full of heartache, but I am reminded and thankful that Jesus is always near. Thank you for posting! Your children are beautiful! :)

Gretchen said...

Thank you for the sweet reminder!

Carey Dunlop said...

I lost my mom to cancer this past week and really needed this reminder. Thanks for letting God speak through you today.

BandP said...

so beautiful, so needed.

Taylor said...

Quite possibly the most wonderful blog post ever. Tears! :)

Raechel said...

Carey,
I don't know if you're following the comments here but since there's no other way to contact you I just want to say how sorry I am to hear about your loss.

This is definitely a time to remember that the Highest is higher than everything else we are facing right now. I am sad with you tonight as you miss your Mama.

Blessings,
Raechel

Anonymous said...

Sweet, sweet girl! I guess she wasn't concerned about ruining her hair-do. We got caught in a down pour the other day. My two kiddos were singing in the rain.

Carrie

Melissa said...

What a beautiful post and beautiful pictures. You create such wonderful moments and memories with your kids. I love it!

Kristen Lea said...

Happy Birthday, my dear cousin!

sush said...

Awesome. Saw this and thought of Hazel: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74543482/dance-in-the-rain-5x7?ref=sr_gallery_24&ga_search_query=colorful+raindrops&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

Ashley said...

Love this. Hope you had a great birthday!

Laura Darling said...

Oh I love this!! Such a great reminder.

Taylor said...

Loved this so much! It gave me goosebumps and was a great reminder of His love for us!