One of my favorite things to do is to baptize people, especially at the beach. Recently, I had the privilege of baptizing several people in Oceanside. It was great to see people making a public confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. It was an awesome time but it wasn’t the only God-thing that would happen that day.
After the baptism I was called over to a group of people standing at the water’s edge. As I approached, I noticed a woman standing in the group with tears streaming down her face. I introduced myself and asked her if there was anything I could do for her. After wiping away the tears she began to tell her story.
She said, “My thirteen year old daughter was baptized here on this beach last year. But I wasn’t able to make it to watch. Four months later she was hit by a car and killed. I was just sitting up on the beach with my husband and praying that God would show us the exact location of where she was baptized. When I opened my eyes and looked up you were baptizing people right in front of me. I just wanted to say thank you for being here today.”
Needless to say I was floored by her story and amazed that God would care so much about someone. I thought about why our God, who holds the whole universe together and watches over every person and nation on the globe, would do something so meaningful for this hurting mother and father.
If you don’t know the answer, I will tell you… He cares for you. Scripture tells us “And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.” (Matthew 6:30)
Can you grab hold of that today? God really cares about you. He proved that to me on the beach that day. He has a way of letting us know that even in our darkest despair and our deepest pain he really does love us. And if we are watching he will do for us what he did for this family on the beach. He will give us one of those God cares moments that remind us that he is still there watching over us with arms open wide ready to demonstrate his love.
Be Encouraged, Pastor Zac