When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!
He wanted to start over, he wanted to be born again not the Christian way but a new way. How does the Source of life bring restoration to the mind, body and spirit which are covered in life's trauma?
We met Jose' on the beach. He was worn by the lifestyle that comes with being a hopeless wanderer. He walked over to Julie and Joshua drawn to the spirit of unconditional love and restoration that floated in the air around them. He wanted to get baptized. As he walked to the water an all too familiar anxiety stirred. Then he had a thought that was not his own, "what else would God look like?" Held by their hands, he went under the waves. He walked over and sat down next to us as family. He began to reveal the areas in his life where anger and shame were put on him and he held on to them as though they were his. The battle is first fought in our mind. He saw the lies believed and he began to let go of them. Soon the sand was peppered with tears. He forgave his father, then he forgave himself. A new identity began to form in him as he realized who he was and the intimacy of a loving creator. Righteousness fell on him. He no longer was bound to thoughts that did not lead to hope, he had authority to send them back. He was made new.