Today was a very special day. I had the joy of seeing two special people be baptized. I know baptisms happen all the time and maybe to some of us seem ordinary. But baptism is NEVER ordinary. It is extraordinary. It is evidence of a living Savior at work in the lives of His creation. It takes courage to get baptized. It takes courage to get up in front of a whole church full of people some of which you know, plenty of which you don't know, and tell all of them about your old sinful life and how Christ has changed it. It's also a beautiful thing to witness because going under the water identifies you with Christ's death and death to that old sinful nature. Coming up from the water identifies the person with the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection and restoration that He has done in your life now.
Today two brothers shared with everyone present what their lives had been before Christ. One had been in and out of prison and institutions from the age of twelve on, and both had been former drug dealers. Then they shared how with Christ life is SO much better. And I sat there with tears of joy pondering a God of miracles, answered prayer, a God who makes all things new, and so thankful to get a front row seat to witness it all.
So today I see God in two lives made new. What I have learned is that there is nothing more beautiful than the work that God does in transforming a life.