As an online missionary with GMO (Global Media Outreach), most of my contacts are from overseas—but not all. “Grace” is a delightful 15-year-old from New Jersey, who has been growing in her faith. Recently she expressed a desire to be baptized. She enjoys writing, so I encouraged her to write about her baptism:
This was quite a moving day. I heard the sermon but didn’t listen closely. I heard important things that got me through the day: “You are forgiven…Jesus loves you…He died for you.” I paced down the stairs as people were patting my back, “Go for it!” I knew I was ready.
We stood in a circle. The person next to me was trembling. One of the pastors was on my other side with his caring hand on my shoulder. They told me I would go first. I started getting nervous but my excitement built up.
Before I knew it I was in the warm, reassuring water. All the people I loved and that were with me throughout my life were around me, watching. I was kind of confused on what to do because everyone else had something ready to say but they told me not to do that. I know my face showed what I was feeling and thinking.
All of sudden, “Have you given your life to Jesus?”
“Do you want to show all these people here that you have decided to follow Him?”
As they were getting ready to put me under water my heart stopped, and started beating slower again, as I thought it was symbolizing that I was showing everyone I was being born again. I took one last glimpse at my old life, pinched my nose, and fell back. My mind went through my life in an instant: everything I ever did wrong, everything I was disappointed in. Then it was gone. My brain cleared under water in serenity. My past vanished. All I heard was the water whoosh once.
I took his hand as I broke through the water. I felt a new kind of wind kiss my face as I pushed against the old water. I rubbed my eyes, clearing all the blurriness and seeing the people cheer joyfully.
I walked back up the slippery stairs. They prayed for me. I was shaky now. God had come over me but He was too amazing. My brain couldn’t understand and will never be able to understand why He died for me, why He loves me. Tears started rolling down my face. I was scared, but glad I had decided to follow Him. Best decision of my life! He is HOLY.
I walked back to the bathroom to dry up. I leaned against the wall in the last stall, closed my eyes as I let all the tears fall for Him. I knew He would catch each storming tear as I prayed thanking Him for every little thing since I came into this new life. I praised Him for everything. My lips mouthing thank you, thank you, thank you Lord! YOU are HOLY.
- I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1
- Learn more about GMO (Global Media Outreach) at www.godlife.com
- SONG: AT THE FEET OF JESUS – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Harwarth; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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