Grateful for the Opportunity

Iwasn’t brought up in a family where church was a part of our lives. Both my parents were raised in active Christian homes, but they wanted us to make choices for ourselves as we grew older. I recently joined a fantastic group on Friday mornings at the vicarage on the Christianity Explored course. It helped me feel comfortable with my questioning mind and feelings about God, so here I am having made my choice, and I’m being baptised, with the family of St John’s.

It’s been a very long and complicated journey for me. Recently I found myself thinking about whether getting baptised is something I want to do. Tom asked me an interesting question; would it be an easy thing not to do? Although some people feel that there is no way they could not do it, I feel a bit differently. I am very outgoing, and because this hasn’t always been something I feel totally confident about, it would be easy to pass by this moment. For me that is all the more reason to declare now how I feel, that God is truly part of my life.

My relationship with God was recently summed up whilst watching the movie ‘Evan Almighty’. Morgan Freeman says, ‘Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or the opportunity to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?’

I have found myself moving from asking God for help, strength, and so forth, to more thanking him for the opportunity to demonstrate those things. Being thankful to God is something that has grown for me since having our two daughters (also baptised at St John’s.) I am also thankful for the warmth shown to all our family by everyone around us here at church. I am
really looking forward to Sunday when I can demonstrate this thanks.

Sarah Ware