A few years back, we got a new baptismal pool at church. The first time we used it, Cousin Louie brought his video camera to tape it. Merlene ’n Sherlene showed up in their big new hats ‘n they plopped down right in front of me. I couldn’t see a thing. I had to keep movin’ to see ‘round them hats, and it seemed like whichever way I moved, they moved. Uncle Reefus came in in a new pair of overalls, which was unusual for him.
The church was full of people to see the first baptisms in the new pool. Cousin Arnie was the first person. He came up singin’ God’s praises. Then everybody gasped as Aunt Ulah Mae took her turn. The flappy part of her arms waved and kept on wavin' and when Aunt Ulah Mae went under the water, her flappies acted like water wings...they floated. It took four men plus the preacher to keep her under. She came up clappin’ her hands ‘n shoutin’ for joy.
Billy Joe was the kid who always wanted to do things different. He didn’t wait on the preacher, he just took a flyin' leap into the pool. Water splashed everywhere! It ruined Cousin Louies’ video camera - and Merlene ‘n Sherlene’s new hats. At least their hats kept me from gettin’ doused.
Even though things didn’t go as planned, nothin’ could get in the way of the Holy Spirit!
Mark 1:8 “I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Things To Think 'bout:
1. God loves you!
2. Do you have a "real" relationship with Him?
Father, our sins are washed clean by your grace. Thank you for that. Help us to stay close to you in our day to day. In the name of Jesus, amen.