Our sweet firstborn daughter has made the biggest decision of her life. She is ready for Christian baptism. Honestly, I have felt this decision was made by her even before she could say Jesus. Picasso has always loved Jesus. She once wanted a Jesus-themed birthday party. She has loved Him all her life. She is now just two months shy of turning eight years old. She has been asking about baptism for the past couple of months, here and there, but we have been talking about it a bit more in the past few weeks. The conversation about a week ago went a bit like this…
Me: So, are you ready to consider being baptized? (Remember, we’ve had a dialogue going on about his over the past few months.)
Picasso: But Jesus already lives in my heart.
Me: Yes, but the Bible tells us that He wants us to follow that decision in Christian baptism, telling others of our love for him.
Picasso: I just don’t want to be baptized yet.
Me: Why not? (she makes a face) Do you not want to get up in front of everyone? (she is terrible shy outside of this family)
Picasso: (Shakes her head) No, I don’t want to do that yet.
Me: That’s okay. Just keep praying about it, and you will know when you are ready.
I really felt like God would give her the confidence she needed to get up in front of the church when it was time. I didn’t know she would find that from Him so quickly. She looks at me two nights ago and almost whispers to me, “Mommy, I’m ready to be baptised.” I wanted to jump up, shout for joy, and squeeze my sweet little girl, but I held back a bit and calmly asked, “What changed your mind?” She went on to tell me that our children’s minister said some things that morning in worship hour that made her think. Since our children’s minister likes to talk to them before they walk down before the church, and since she is one of my very best friends, I sent her an email letting her know what was going on. She’ll be talking to Picasso tomorrow evening. I’m so excited that she has made this decision to live life for her precious Jesus!
On a side note, Mary Lou piped in to say that she was also ready. Now, she is five, so I am a little hesitant. However, she has also loved Jesus with all her heart, and she doesn’t hesitate about much that she wants to do. She’s learned way more than I did about God at that age, and she has always acted about a year ahead of her true age. Part of that is the two older sisters, but the other part is simply her personality. Our children’s minister will also be talking to her this week to see what she thinks. When I asked her if she understood what being baptized means, she said that it means “My sins are all washed away and Jesus lives in my heart as my forever friend.” Even if she doesn’t move forth with Christian baptism just yet, living with this frame of mind is a great start!
As for Cowgirl, she didn’t hesitate to say, “I’m not ready to be baptized yet!” Don’t worry sweet girl, we’ll get there.