This week, I had the great privilege of baptizing my oldest granddaughter. At nine years of age, we had talked about what it meant to be a Christ-follower off and on for the past 2-3 years. So many people had invested in her understanding of God’s grace and mercy demonstrated by Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection. After attending church camp, she came to the decision to get baptized. She was ready…and I was excited and overjoyed.
One question remained: who was going to baptize her?
The options included family members and individuals at church who had played a part in helping her to understand salvation. Eventually, she decided that I got to do the honor. She stated that she trusts me and knows that I “always go to God about things.”
Sweet girl…I was so honored by that assessment. But, I know too well that I don’t “always” seek God first. At times, I trust my own wisdom rather than God. By the way, that doesn’t work out so well.
On the day of her baptism, I told her that while I don’t always seek God first as she thinks, I promised her that we would both work to do so in the future. She is my granddaughter…and now a fellow believer. What a joy to learn together and encourage each other to seek God…always!