God has been using my children to teach me some pretty big lessons recently and today was no different.
It was a special Sunday at church. We have had church in the park the past 2 Sundays, but this week was also baptism Sunday.
For the past 2 years we have been talking to Gabriel about getting baptized. He has accepted Jesus in his heart, he knows God sent His Son to die for his sins…but the idea of standing up in front of people and talking about that was scary for him.
We have a service like that every year…and every year Gabriel has told us that he wanted to wait one more year.
As a parent this was hard for me. I wanted him to make the choice, wanted him to walk in faith and not fear…but I also wanted it to be HIS choice…not mine.
So a few weeks ago we talked again and he said that he wanted to do it when he turned 12. So one more year wait it was.
And then this morning he came downstairs and blew me away with his words.
He said he woke up and felt like God was telling him that he needed to do it today. He didn’t need to be afraid and Gabriel asked if I thought that our pastor would let him do it even though it was short notice.
He said that he had been nervous before but he felt like God was giving him the courage to stand up.
He was choosing to demonstrate his faith instead of letting his fear hold him back.
And so we went to church and found Pastor Ray and asked if Gabriel could be baptized and he said yes. In front of a pretty large crowd of people Gabriel shared that he believed in God and wanted to be an example for his family and the church.
I couldn’t have been more proud.
I could tell he was nervous when he started talking…he said something like “God turns my good days into bad” 😉 and then realized that he mixed it up and corrected himself. But then he shared his belief in God sending Jesus to earth to die for our sins…
It is pretty amazing to hear your 11 year old articulate the basic fundamentals of the Christian faith.
Dominic helped and I took pictures and a video.
The water was cold and it is a little shocking to the body to go down under the water and come back up. There is a big breath that everyone takes upon rising again.
A breath of new life.
We will continue to mess up and make mistakes.
Just because we believe in God it doesn’t mean we won’t have problems, or mess up and say the wrong thing…that is why we need the gift of grace.
But we have the promise of new life, new breath because of our faith. An opportunity to breathe deeply and fully in the One who created us.
Today my brave son felt a calling from God to be obedient.
He later told me that he didn’t think it was going to happen today…but after this morning he knew he needed to do it and he was glad he did.
Our family didn’t get to attend because we weren’t prepared in advance that this would occur today…but it is ok.
It was a beautiful, sweet moment with our 2nd born, and thanks to the technology of phones and You Tube we can share those precious moments with others.
And like our pastor said…it is a day we will remember forever.
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