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Signs of Change

Luke 3:21-22NIV “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Today was water baptism Sunday at our church, and I just have to say that there is nothing like witnessing a water baptism. It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen someone get dunked, I still feel like my insides are throwing a party every time.

What really gets me is the humbling that a person goes through to get into that tank. Most people would do about anything to avoid having large groups of dressed-up people staring at them, but then add that to the fact that in just a few short minutes that same baptism “candidate” (which is a phrase that for some reason always makes me pause and think “now why exactly is this the term we use to describe these people, but I digress), is about to be dripping wet, and may possibly even be wearing an old choir robe, as a sort of costume for the occasion, well, the word “humbling” really does come to mind.

And, now that I think of it, perhaps this is what I absolutely love about witnessing a baptism. All the pretense is stripped away, and you get to hear how Jesus has made a difference in the lives of the “candidates”. It all comes down to, “Jesus has changed my life, and I am going to publicly declare today that I will serve Him for the rest of my days.”

I was so proud of the first young lady that was baptized today. She is a lovely young adult that I’ve been able to get to know a bit over this past year. She is always immaculately done up, makeup perfect, hair in place, and always looking incredibly stylish and put together. Yet I couldn’t help but think that I had never seen her look more beautiful than when she was standing in that tank, seemingly make-up free, professing her love for Jesus, and her desire to follow Him in ministry.

The second young lady that got in the tank today is a new face around the church. I met her on her first Sunday about 4 months ago. I don’t know much of her story yet, but this much I do…She has found something in Jesus that she hadn’t found anywhere else, and it has changed not only her countenance, but her entire life. It was so evident in her bold sharing before her baptism. Her honesty brought tears to my eyes and I celebrated with her as she further embraced this new life of following Jesus. I look forward to getting to know her in the days to come.

It’s been a lot of years since I was baptized…but every time I see a baptism, I thank God all over again for saving me, for giving me a firm place to stand, and for changing this wreck that is Carrie Johnston, into something He can use. I pray that in my everyday, ordinary life there are still signs of the change that He is working in me.

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4 thoughts on “Signs of Change

  1. Bethygirl on said:

    And I was glad I was able to provide him that loving encouragement for sure. Women working for the Lord!

  2. Bethygirl on said:

    It was an indescribably beautiful experience to share the joy of baptism with my husband. It was a spiritually bonding moment I wish every couple could experience. My husband is a manly, in charge kind of guy, but I have never been more in love with him than when I watched him with his arms folded across his chest meekly submitting himself to being laid back beneath the cleansing baptismal waters. It takes a real man to submit to being humbled in such a public way for the Lord. And then for him to watch me do the same. The wet hug and kiss we gave each other in that baptismal pool was as meaningful and romantic as the one at our wedding. He even said the “dorky plastic suit” wasn’t so bad after he prayed with the pastor. I’m thankful our church loved him enough to require him to set the ego aside and wear it, although I don’t know if I agree with his description, but I’ll let the reader decide. Definitely not the latest runway fashion either way. Lol!
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  3. Bethygirl on said:

    Amen! It is such a beautiful humbling that takes place at baptism. Being immersed in water in front of a bunch of people was meant to wash away our pride and vanity. Our church requires everyone to wear robes that are very simple and humbling to wear, like a unisex zip up blue skort gown made of a waterproof nylon material. It allows them to dunk people immediately and modestly, but also requires someone to humble themselves and put aside their vanity to wear in front of other people.
    My husband is the perfect example of why I’m glad they make people wear them. His pride kept him from wanting to be baptized with me. He thought having to wear that “plastic suit” and get dunked in front of people was unmanly and embarrassing.
    So finally one Sunday I couldn’t wait any longer. When the pastor gave the invitation, I turned to him and said I’m going up and getting baptized and extended my hand, my husband took it and we walked up. My husband kind of hemmed and hawed about being baptized, so I explained his reservations and asked that the pastor talk to him. He explained how baptism is meant to humble us and they prayed for him to put aside his pride and submit to baptism.
    So he put on the suit and we were baptized. What a joyful experience it was. And the suits actually were very comfortable and made you feel kind of pampered in a humbling spiritual way. You are in your birthday suit under the gown, but it is completely modest and doesn’t cling in the water or when wet, so it feels very free and comforting to wear in the warm water as we submit to God’s most beautiful and humbling public cleansing in water. I’m so glad my church so lovingly provides the humility and modesty we all need by requiring people to wear the gowns. And I’m a girl soI’m sappy and sentimental about having a special baptism outfit. I like the thought of couples and families all dressed up in their matching gowns for a beautiful ceremony. Us frumpy moms get what the cool teens and macho husbands and fashionistas get a healthy dose of much needed humility and obedience.

    • everydayspectacular on said:

      Thank you for sharing about your baptism experience…I love to hear stories about God moving in the hearts of His people.
      It sounds like your husband just needed that encouragement from you too. 🙂 How amazing that you were able to get baptized together!

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