I read a blog recently that posed the question, “if there is no God, why is there so much good in the world?” There are days when there’s so much bad, it’s hard to see the goodness. But, there was a day this week that there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that there is goodness and that God was and is responsible for it.
It started off like any other Wednesday night…threatening skies and a few old faithfuls helping get food ready. This same ole Wednesday transformed before our eyes…new faces showing up, all ages participating in prayer stations, and enough food to go around. There were new relationships forming and conversations happening all over our front yard and porch. Delightful squeals could be heard from the kiddie pool in the backyard. I figured I needed to go make sure no one was getting stuck in the mud or being dunked too forcefully in the pool. As I got to the back, one of the girls hopped out, skipped up to me, and asked if she could get baptized. It caught me completely off guard, but the story of the Eunuch being baptized in a nearby ditch popped into my head (Acts 8). So, I said yes! After we talked about the meaning of baptism and gathered up the rest of the family, we baptized not just her, but seven others.
Each person proclaimed truth and talked about who Jesus was to them…”my hero,” “my King,” “forgiver of my sins.” There was cheering and rejoicing as so many chose to be obedient and go public with their faith. The night ended with almost all the kids in the pool and almost all the adults standing in awe of the goodness of our God.