Thursday, July 10, 2008



"I woke up this morning and decided that I want to follow Jesus - - wherever he leads, because he is so mighty; AND I want to be baptized"

it's what he announced all day long to us, to Josu, to our cashier at the grocery store, to the little lady serving us lunch at the Chinese restaurant (who kept saying, "oh sure, whatever you want; whatever you say . . . "), to any friend or family or any remotely friendly looking person who we happened to run across

and I've been thinking about it, and I feel:
OVERJOYED: to think about my boy now, and eternally, enjoying and serving the God who made him.

GLAD: that he was so confident about it all (previous to this, he would tell us that he was trying to follow Jesus) and that it came out of the blue (well, kind of, I guess - - we are always talking about following Jesus - - I mean, it's who we are and what we're all about, right? ) and that he was so insistent and excited about it all day long.

CAUTIOUS: about ever allowing Malachai to assume that because today he decided to follow Jesus, and that today he obeyed in baptism, that it's "over and taken care of"; I want to be careful to communicate that while true discipleship begins with a choice to follow, it is a lifetime of faithfulness and perseverance that God calls him to.

BLESSED: to have a church family who was willing to drop all previous plans for the evening and to join us in a heartbeat for Malachai's baptism, to genuinely rejoice with us, to insist on celebrating the Lords Table together (even when they know that the way we most enjoy celebrating the Lord's Table is as an entire meal!) and then go out to ice cream with us!

A TEENY BIT DISAPPOINTED: that we aren't in Spain, and that Malachai wasn't able to share his share his exuberance with our friends and neighbors there.

. . .
and I'll wait, and I'll watch, and I'll keep loving and teaching . . .

9 comments:

Stefanie Hartung said...

Your words, as alwasy, are so convicting to me. Especially on days when Jesus is not shining as bright in my life as he should. Thanks for always convicting me,

stefanie

Gabby said...

I love that you are training Malachai to follow Jesus. It's obviously a Holy Spirit thing, but God has used you to encourage this in Malachai's life! I love that Joshua was able to perform the baptism. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful post...it is such a great testimony for a child to come to know Jesus so young. My 7 year old niece is already an amazing witness for Christ. :-) Thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)

Desiree said...

How awesome! Congratulations Naomi!

Todd and Noelle said...

Praise the Lord!

Heather Pelczar said...

Praise the Lord!! How I pray for Maylisa each day that this would happen for her! That I would know how to parent her in the ways of God...I wish we could be neighbors, Naomi. Praise the Lord Jesus for Malachai's salvation! I anxiously await updates on how he grows. :):):):)

Kristin Grissom said...

How exciting! What amazing plans the Lord has for Malachi!
By the way...I loved getting to spend time with you in Dallas. I left blessed.
Hope your are enjoying your time!

Kristin

Caroline said...

What an amazing time for you all. We are praying that God will open doors for Malachai to share his faith with your Spanish friends and neighbors when you return. Praise God for his great mercy towards Malachai.

Susie's blog said...

we love Malachai!