Where do I start? First, God’s timing is perfect. He is not impulsive or slack. He writes a story in each of us, and those around us become part of the interweaving of a glorious KINGDOM story! I remembered having conversations with my oldest’s boyfriend. Conversations about Jesus and His love for us. On one particular occasion we discussed the importance of a man in leadership within a relationship, and the importance of putting Jesus first. “Before you ask my daughter to marry you, would you pray about your “marriage” to Jesus?” We specifically discussed his obedience in following through with baptism. What a gift more treasured –even more treasured than a diamond ring on her hand–baptism. He had made a profession of faith and committed his heart to the Lord; yet, the observance of baptism had not followed. Life goes on, more stories are made, and Jesus is working His way.
My daughter and her boyfriend last-minute decided to go to church with us yesterday. I had no idea that the pastor would be preaching on Baptism. The message was clear, direct, and filled with scripture supporting the observance of Baptism in a believer. When I looked at the sermon note sheet with the title “Baptism”, the Spirit shared–this is it. I began to cry and pray through the entire service. Now, I have the ability to cry on the inside, so don’t picture a weeping woman making a silly of herself! Yet, I almost lost it when the pastor shared that our wedding band is the symbolism of “I belong to my spouse” and Baptism is the wedding ring of “I belong to Jesus”–publicly announcing who you belong to, a symbolism. How could God orchestrate this moment, them being there “randomly”, the message on Baptism, and the message having the same discussion we had together months previously? How could God know that the wedding ring example would mean so much to them as a couple?
How? Because God is the GREAT I AM! He is faithful and true.
What was so amazing was the church provided to be Baptized right then and there. Come down and claim who you belong to! They had clothing, water, servants helping, prayer warriors, and an opportunity to share your testimony.
The courage it would take to walk from the balcony to the front and say “yes” took a man of courage and surrender. The most powerful man is the man who says–I’m nothing, and God is everything–“I surrender!” My heart is filled with joy and reassurance that my daughter is dating a man of Godly courage. They are rare to find.
His testimony video
His Baptism video
Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
The song playing as he was baptized? 10,000 Reasons–
Bless the Lord Oh My Soul
Oh, My Soul
I worship His Holy Name
Sing like never before
Oh My Soul
I worship His Holy Name
Strong men of the church were praying over him, and the laying on of hands brought the presence of the Holy Spirit. My oldest was rubbing his back, and our hands were extended forward in worship and prayer.
As we walked back for him to change, the song “Oh Happy Day–you washed my sins away” was playing and we danced!
God is good. Miracles happen when we least expect it. We endure, pray, and believe in the power of redemption.
Above is the link to the best sermon I’ve heard on Baptism. I hope you can listen. Thank you Pastor Stan and the body of believers of Cloverhill Assembly of God for the joy you poured into everyone’s life on Sunday. The joy of the Lord filled the place and our hearts. It’s so good to see men of God serving and being courageous!
So often we need to reflect on those who have paved the way to this moment. His beautiful family and friends sharing the love of Jesus, family taking him to church as a little boy, pastors and friends (Ironbridge Baptist Church!) along the way serving him and us as a family. Thank you to everyone–every prayer, every Word spoken, and the power of the Holy Spirit to work all things together for a moment such as this.
God is good!
From my oldest daughter:
Amen amen amen amen! Weeping again thinking about that amazing morning! I have a good man. A man who I know will lead my family in Gods truth and love. Spencer, I am so proud of you. When you tapped my leg and said “let’s go” I wanted to just run to the front and say YES! Actually, I think I did run. Haha. I love you. Thank you mom and dad for being our prayer warriors.
For encouraging and supporting us. Loving unconditionally as Jesus does.