Button had been talking about baptism for awhile before our baptism service last Sunday. But I never would have expected what happened that day.
After Niki baptized three older kids in the lake (Button had been sitting forlorned on the shore of the lake because she couldn’t get baptized too), Button called out to him desperately, “Daddy! Please, can I get baptized?! Please?! Please?!!!”
Niki was moved by her pleas and said she could. So she raced giddily out to where he was standing in the lake. He held her in his arms and explained to everyone how much Button had wanted to do this and how he had thought it best to wait til she was older to ensure that she truly understood what was going on. But as she cried out to him, the verse came to mind in Matthew when Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” He said that all Button had wanted to do was to get to Jesus, and he had been standing in her way. As for Button, she was standing at his side, smiling and nodding affirmatively to everything he was saying – even that he had been stopping her from getting to Jesus.
Niki apologized for what he had done. And then he asked her the standard questions he asks every baptismee:
“Do you believe Jesus was the Son of God?”
“Do you believe He died for your sins?”
Do you believe He came back to life after 3 days?”
Do you trust in Him for the forgiveness of your sins?”
[slightly annoyed by all the questioning] “Yes!”
“Why do you want to be baptized?”
[without hesitation] “Because Jesus loves me and he found my pink blanket for me when I lost it.”
And, with a laugh from all of us adults, Niki baptized her in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I loved watching them pray together in the lake after the baptism. Button had her eyes closed but was smiling the most joyous smile.
Fascinating thing is that Niki’s dad had bought Button a white dress to wear to the baptism service that day in anticipation that she would be baptized. But I told them not to get it for her because we were not going to baptize her that day – she could wear it when she was older. Hm – curiouser and curiouser.