There are experiences and moments in life that are difficult fully capture or explain to others, and I had one of those yesterday. I spent the day with Riley, and had to opportunity to be a part of one the greatest moments in a Christians walk: the acceptance of Christ and baptism.
Riley and I spent part of the day with the preacher from the coast, and he informed us that they would be going to the beach to baptize four of their members. So over the course of the next hour we rounded up a number of families and with 31 people in the truck we make our way to the beach.
As the four ladies were out in the ocean being baptized the younger ones were playing in the shallow water. There was something about watching innocence and freedom of a child, and simultaneously see a new life beginning in the Kingdom. I thought about how these women typically take care of the kids on their own, are strong leaders in the church, and still find a way to be love to others. It reminded me of Matthew 18, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
My words poorly reflect the beauty in that moment, but I hope this picture can give you a glimpse of pureness of God’s love seen in children and a life with Him.