Almost 2 weeks ago my sweet husband took the family to the beaches of San Destin during Kyra's first school break. That Sunday, vacation or not, I was up early grabbed my Bible, devotions and cup a Joe then headed for the beach.
The gulf waves were on the rise as the effects of Gustaf were already being felt. I was virtually alone except for some surfers here and there, shell gathers, occasional joggers, and various hotel staff setting up loungers and umbrellas for the day.
It was good! Very, very GOOD!
I could not have been more blessed...or so I thought.
As I sat immersed in the Word simultaneously sending up prayer and praise a crowd converged on the beach.
My savored solitude with God was suddenly disturbed by a mass of humanity that came seemingly out of nowhere.
My first concerns were that something was wrong. Was there a surfer or swimmer caught up in these bustling morning waters? Someone hurt or drowning?
As the crowd kept growing I gave up trying to ignore the activity and headed to where the action was.
As I moved through the crowd, I saw a good half dozen people in black wet suits standing in the ocean, as the rough morning waves beat upon their backs.
Before long others were headed out to meet them.
I leaned into some of the other witnesses and ask what was going on.
"Baptisms. There are 40 people being Baptized here today."
Seems it had been planned for that evening, but with hurricane weather concerns they moved it up to morning...this particular morning.
At my home church, we have a lot of Baptisms and I never fail to be deeply moved as each soul makes this public statement of faith. I find myself compelled to cover each one in prayer while praising God for His grace and mercy....Baptisms never fail to send me to another level of rejoicing!!
And there on that beach, that morning God just rained down blessings as only He can, allowing me the honor of witnessing this particular glorious event.
As I stood there weeping struggling to snap photos (way too good not to share!) my heart about to bust out of my chest....Oh the glory! Oh the testimony! God just blew me away!!
I went to the beach to meet Him and boy did HE show up!
Isn't He good?