Tuesday, February 9, 2010

gettin' dunked

I've been sitting on this post since Sunday, trying to get a few days' perspective before writing it. And now I'm not sure what to say. I got baptized! I'm really excited about it and it was pretty amazing. There were about thirty people all together who got baptized at the service and all leading up to it we were nervous and excited and all of that. I remember during the first part of worship and then while standing in line (they kept singing while we were being baptized) I could hardly hold it in me. I don't know if anyone reading has experienced this, but every once in a while worship is really amazing or I'm just so filled up and yes, God and really I don't know how to explain it other than that, I kind of start to laugh. Not like I'm clutching my sides and falling over because something's funny. More because it just builds up inside me and spills out and there's this huge smile and a little laugh and my God is glorious.

Interestingly, that's the song they were playing before I got on stage. Glorious One, I mean. There is none more beautiful, and light of the world, you outshine the sun. And then right when I got up there and climbed into the baptism pool the song ended and it got really quiet but I only noticed a little and Pastor Jeff was asking if I'd given my life to Christ and if I wanted to live for him all the days of my life and all I could do is nod and big-ol'-grin as hard as I could and then he baptized me in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Something about all of it, having been baptized, feels so powerful. I know that it is. I was dancing around all day. My friend Arielle went right after me and several of my friends went as well. How awesome to be able to say yes! We will serve the Lord all the days of our lives! And how much more awesome to say it in front of 1,000 people. As always, God is so good. So thank you to everyone for the congratulations and being excited for us and all the support and for a certain two people hollerin' from the balcony. Thanks to everyone who was there, and for
those who weren't: