The reoccurring theme for Easter Sunday seemed to be "Water".
We attended the early service to begin our Easter celebration. There were six baptisms during this service and twelve more to come in the next two services. The six baptisms we were blessed to witness ranged in age from teens to old as me (Think of the age of dirt). Each person gave a short testimony of why they were seeking baptism. The stories varied as we are all different, but each story was beautiful in its own way. One of the ladies came up from the less than warm water with a gasp. Most of us are not fans of cold water.
We then headed West to the other Grandparent's beautiful home for Easter lunch. The grands and a couple of the braver adults all jumped in the pool~
The water temperature was a brisk 68 degrees. NO THANK YOU! It is always interesting to see how different personalities approach getting their feet wet when daring the frigid water. The little princess eases in from the steps. The adults and big boys take the plunge by diving in. A quick submersion, which brings them surfacing with a gasp. Both adults agreed it took your breath away.
One of the testimonies we heard Sunday morning involved taking the plunge to complete commitment to God. I believe her words were "Giving it all to God." Exactly what I have been asking myself for a few months now, "Am I holding anything back?" It is man's propensity to hold on to those areas of our life which we think we need to maintain control. Frankly it is a little (perhaps a lot) alarming to release total control. I am a planner from WAY BACK and like to know what is going to happen and how as I trek along the trail. Those surprises around the bend are not my friend. WHY I seem to believe I have any real control is beyond me, but I keep a tight grip on a few areas of my life. That has worked well for me--NOT!
What does it look like and how are we able to give it all to God? I suspect it closely resembles jumping into the deep end of a cold pool. It takes your breath away. Slowly though, everyone who took the plunge became acclimated and settled in to enjoying the water. The initial plunge was heart gripping, but the reward was thrilling.