“Really?” She raised her eyebrows at him with disbelief. “You mean, for real?”
“Yeah, for real. Want to?” He smiled at her playfully.
“It’s storming outside!”
“No, it’s just raining now. The lightning is gone. It’ll be safe.”
“But it’s…” she looked at her watch, “two in the morning!”
She didn’t answer.
“You afraid of the rain?”
“No. I love the rain.”
“So, let’s go!”
” But what if there’s someone else out there? Someone who might hurt us or rob us or something?”
“No one is going to be out there. It’s raining!”
“We’re going to be out there.”
“Yeah, but we’re crazy.”
Reluctantly she agreed. This was probably going to be one of the stupider ideas he’s had. Walking down a street, in the middle of the night, in the rain?
But as they walked, hand in hand, hair and clothes plastered to their bodies, she had to admit it was fun. Way more fun than saying good bye to him and driving that long drive home.
Laughing with delight in the experience, they made their way to the end of the road, where they came to his church.
“Hey, let’s go inside,” he suggested.
“Won’t it be locked?”
“Nope. They never lock the door.”
“What if someone sees us? We’re a mess!”
“Who’s going to be there in the middle of the night? Besides us, that is.” He laughed again.
So she agree and they went inside.
“We should leave,” she said, looking at the floor. “We’re getting the floor all wet.”
“Don’t worry. It’ll evaporate.”
They walked down the center aisle and looked around at the stained glass and the large statues all around them.
“Just imagine if these statues came alive,” he said.
“That would be spooky.”
“But what if they did? What would they say?”
She shrugged. “I don’t know.” She wasn’t so sure she liked this game.
As they turned around to head back out, a large statue of Jesus caught their eyes.
“I have an idea,” he said. “Let’s imagine that statue of Jesus coming alive and coming down the aisle to stand right in front of us. And let’s listen to what He would say.”
“He’d probably say we’re being stupid for being here instead of at home, considering tomorrow is a work day, and…”
He cut her off. “Let’s just see, OK? Close your eyes and listen.”
She sighed, but did as he asked.
Within seconds, an image filled her mind. An image of Jesus standing in front of her, looking at her with so much love all she could do was gaze at Him. Then He put His arms around her encouragingly, and walked her out of the church saying, “Let’s do it together.”
“Well, anything?” he interrupted her imaginings.
She shared what she had seen, and he smiled. “That’s pretty much what I got too.. Jesus loving me and holding me in His arms.”
As they left the church, awed at His response to their silly game., she was filled with thankfulness to the amazing God who loved her and promised to do life with her. Even in the rain.