No things could seem further apart than the doubt of grey and the decision of scarlet. Yet grey and red can mingle, as they do in the morning clouds…
~G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions, “The Glory of Grey”
But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.
~ Galatians 3:26-28
This past Sunday was “The Baptism of the Lord” Sunday. Nature complied by supplying a downpour, there was water all around. The Communion table was adorned with receptacles of water.
Congregants were given an opportunity to renew their baptismal vows, much the same as they would take communion. I thought of Jesus walking toward his cousin. He was already God, traveling through this life in a cloak of flesh. And Jesus the man was being baptized in the life of Christ.
I like the image of putting on the adult wardrobe of the fulfillment of the original promise; the life of Christ. It is a challenging walk, and the hills are glorious, the valleys are often lush, even in the dark. In this season where each day a little more light lingers, even in the gray, let us remember to look for the sparkle in the living water, appreciate the colors of gray, and revel in the warmth revealed as the gray burns off.
Lord, help me to step into your life with joy, knowing what lay before you. Help me to see the path through, all the way to heaven.
Because of Him,