Unless they were born in the water and came out swimming, most children develop a healthy fear of the water at a young age. Sure they would give anything for the opportunity to swim every day in the heat of summer, but you better make sure to bring those floaties! At least for the littlest ones, the pool is best experienced while holding on to Mom and Dad.
Then they gain a little confidence. I have been amazed at how my son, who was in beginner swim lessons last summer, now has the confidence to swim like a fish. The only difference is experience.
All our time at the pool the last couple of summers has rekindled fond memories of my own childhood. We didn’t go to the pool often, but when we did, I usually asked my mom to show me what it was like to get baptized. The sheer act of getting dunked under the water mystified me. To be honest, it terrified me a little too! Once I had a few “dunks” under my belt though, I began to realize that it wasn’t really the huge scary deal that I had made it out to be.Baptism: Getting dunked under the water mystified me. It terrified me a little too. Click To Tweet
I recall the look on my son’s face when we were talking about baptism a couple years ago. I could see the look of fear on his face and I understood that it was all about the water. He had told me that he might get baptized “when he was a grown up.” I really couldn’t blame him.
Last summer I, like my mom, showed my son what it was like to be baptized in the pool. This summer, I am happy to report, that he has told us he wants to be baptized. I always knew that this would be the best moment of motherhood. I can’t wait to see it. The moment probably would have come whether or not we pretended to baptize him in the pool, but it may not have come if he had been terrified of the water. So get out there and have fun with your kids in the pool this summer. And while you are there, maybe you can do a little spiritual priming…
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
With so many churches having children’s church during services, many of our kids rarely ever see a baptism. What do you do to help your kids understand baptism?