Baptism Gone Wrong
"A BAPTISM GONE WRONG""
A Baptism gone wrong. My sweet baby girl had been wanting to be baptized for quite sometime but she wanted to be baptized by her Grandpa, who is a minister and in the river. So it had taken quite sometime to find a time that would work with the weather, the river and everyone being able to be present. We were getting ready to move from Colorado to Tennessee so our time was running out. We were moving on September 12, my grandfather was having his 90th Birthday celebration on September 10th and all the family would be in town. the weather was still warm the river was not high, actually it was quite low as you will find out, and the weather was perfect. We invited everyone to attend her special day on Sunday September 11th. She was very excited.
Remember this side note for later, her grandpa is not in the greatest of health, and is legally deaf without his hearing aids. Her mother (me) is known for being extremely clumsy and at times embarrassing. Both of these things will bear great importance later on.
So it is a beautiful warm and sunny day all our family and friends gather for a picnic and baptism celebration. After lunch was enjoyed by all, myself, my husband (Jeff), my dad (Danny) and my sweet baby girl (Grace) proceed to the river. Our eldest daughter (Karissa) had scoped out a place for us but none of us listened to her. We boldly made our way into the river. It was extremely shallow less then two feet in most places. Near the shore they have cleared most of the rocks for a swimming area, however we bypassed this area and continued to make our way to the middle of the river, in search of a better and deeper spot.
On the way to the middle, poor Grace falls 2 times, surprisingly myself and my dad have not slipped on the rocks, yet. When we are mostly to the middle, we determine that it is no deeper or better than closer to shore, in the less rocky swim area, so we make our way back, as poor Grace slips and falls 2 more times.
Finally, we settle on a spot. I go to walk closer to them and find that my crock is filled with mud, I struggle to pull it loose and lose my balance, slip on a rock and start to fall. On my way down I reach out to try and grab something to steady myself and my fingers grab a hold of poor sweet baby Grace's swim shorts and her swim bottoms, perfectly pulling them off and giving the 40 + friends and family a FULL MOON! I am mortified and praying nobody really noticed as I laughingly continue my fall into the river! Poor Grace quickly moves towards her dad, turning to pull up her pants saying, "mom you just pulled down my pants!"
I am literally dying now! I don't think my dad doesn't fully realized what just happened, thinking people are laughing because I just did a face plant in the river, so he proceeds to grab Grace and turn her around to dunk her. She tells him "Grandpa there is a BIG rock here", however he does not have his hearing aids in so he proceeds to bend her backwards and goes to dunk her. She hits the BIG ROCK and looks as if she is suspended on the water, not even half of her goes under! He keeps trying to dunk her but there is no where for her to go she is being smashed on top of the big rock! You can hear our second oldest daughter Hannah say," what the heck was that?" ,everyone is laughing and not sure if they should applaud and if that officially counts as being baptized.
I was still laughing from earlier and now I can't even breathe! Dad proceeds to grabs her by the back of her hair and yanks her out of the river!
He then announces that it does still count! Jeff just walks away shaking his head. Graces moves away from us all and says I will just baptize myself and proceeds to dunk her face, which didn't get wet previously, in the river!
As we were driving home from the park she told us "well I guess I survived my baptism" and I told her "yes but you may not a lot of counseling later."
My Dad had told Grace the night before that he always ask the Lord to give those being baptized a special blessing or promise and my sweet girl has decided that the Lord wanted her to share that He has sense of humor and to give the world the gift of laughter.
Lesson learned no matter how much you wait for and plan for your special day you never no what may happen and even if all the worst things you can ever imagine happening... DO happen, you can survive it and even laugh about it and then use it for God's glory!