I'm sure it has much to do with the fact
that from the time of birth, until he was about 3 years old,
our son had chronic ear infections which, in turn,
compelled us to avoid allowing water
to get on his face and ears, which, very likely,
contributed to his very present and great fear of water.
The idea of water getting on his face
or near, let alone in, his ears is a frightful thing for him.
Needless to say, really, that it has made
for many years of difficult bathing rituals
(including washcloths and very careful 'water projection').
I am sure I did my son a disservice
by creating/allowing this habitual fear to go so long
but, unfortunately, I did.
After over a year of wrestling with the Holy Spirit,
our son, through much prayer, took the courageous step
to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in believer's baptism!
Oh, what joy filled our hearts (and tears our eyes)!
We are praising God for His answering prayer,
for the Holy Spirit convicting and guiding our son
in such a big decision in his life and Christian walk
and for giving him the courage that He knew
our son needed to obey.
Thank you, Lord...
May he continue to obey You, courageously and boldly.
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life."
~ Romans 6:4
"I have no greater joy
than to hear that my children walk in truth."
~ 3 John 1:4