It was 40 degrees outside and she was dripping wet…
What I’m about to share is something I saw with my own two eyes just last night.
I went to church with my wife and some friends. I know I know…it’s Saturday night but truth is the 5pm Saturday mass is the one we usually go to. I don’t go every week but I will be perfectly honest and say that I do go regularly irregular.
If that makes sense.
Last night was very special because my best friends daughter was being baptized in front of the whole congregation. She’s 5.
But that’s not WHO I’m writing you about and this is not a religious rant either so stay with me Rick.
The sermon was great…the music uplifting and the vibe of the church was indescribable and then the pastor asks if anyone from the church would like to come up and be baptized. You see there was already a group of folks “on the docket” but he opened it up right then and there to the church.
A lady in front of me got up.
She was deaf.
She had read the sign language interpreters “words” and was moved to the point of standing up and walking to the stage.
Fancy church clothes and all.
I think I really took note of her because she was just 2 rows in front of me.
Very pretty, about 32 years old. Her kids and I’m guessing spouse were there and they were “sign-ing” to her their support.
She went backstage and emerged in a borrowed t-shirt and her super nice pants on. Her hair was done so nice too. I imagined they were going to go for a nice family dinner right after church.
She was the very last person to be submerged so the church camera was on her…on the big screen.
The pastor whispered something to her…she nodded…we couldn’t hear the words but felt it…
She plugged her nose with her thumb and index finger and closed her eyes…her cheeks even puffed up a little bit…
The pastor held her and submerged her and a split-second later she shot up from the water, unplugged her nose and was crying.
Actually she was sobbing.
Sobbing and shaking for us all to see and on the church big screen.
Oh, it was also being streamed live on the internet.
I put my head down because I had just witnessed a very strong woman make a decision to change her life and I could FEEL her emotional shift.
Or maybe she wasn’t a strong woman. Maybe she just made a strong decision.
But she made a decision…on the spot…to change herself and her life.
And what a fantastic EMOTION to be a part of.
I didn’t tell my wife and friends but the reason my head was bowed was because I too was crying.
As I type this I am trying too imagine what her morning must feel like today. How her family might be feeling and how different her week will go.
And it makes me happy for her all over again.
Which brings me to you .
I don’t know what exactly you NEED right now but I do know that you may want your TIME and LIFE back.
I know I did.
And like that lady I took ONE. SIMPLE. STEP.
And if you are bold enough…STRONG enough… to take one simple step then I am sure we can start that journey NOW.
Rick ‘feeling blessed’ Martinez