Jonah’s Baptism and the lost car keys


We are so proud of our Jonah Bear! He has been talking about baptism for months and this past Sunday, April 29th 2018, our boy was baptized. He entered into a personal relationship with Jesus when he was 5 years old. I remember this moment vividly, a moment that we’ve consistently prayed for for all of our children. Kimberly and I have made this our primary focus as parents – to raise our children to know and understand who God is and to enter into a personal relationship with Him. We prayerfully aim to direct each of them to their God-given calling in life.

It was one particular fall evening, when Jonah and I set out in search for a lost set of car keys. After looking all over the house for my car keys, it finally hit me where they were. I put them on the bumper of the van that Kimberly drove to the store. Oops. So there was one thing I knew, the keys were somewhere between our house and the store. Well, time to go on a search and I needed a helper to come with. With four kids, finding opportunity for one on one time is something that we try to intentionally do with each of our children. I’m so thankful that I choose Jonah on this particular evening journey. Little did I know, that our Lord had a special evening planned.

We set out to find the car keys and the Lord set out to find Jonah’s little heart. It was a great bonding time for him and I. We went from slowly walking and looking intently toward the ground, to walking hand in hand as we searched, to him catching a ride on my shoulders. We laughed and played along the way, turning our time into an adventure as we searched for “the treasure!”

We walked a good 3 miles, then a thought came to me that the keys would likely be at a turn which would cause them to fly off the bumper. Searching and searching and searching around this turn, I almost gave up. Then I saw them! a small shiny set of keys, half buried under some gravel. Some broken, others bent and scratched up from being ran over many times by cars. Wow, I couldn’t believe I found them!

As we were walking back, satisfied from find “the treasure,” God stepped in and began to work on Jonah’s heart. Jonah began to ask me questions about Jesus. We talked about Jesus and creation, how He made the trees we see and the beautiful sunset that was taking place before our eyes. At that moment, the Lord prompted me, “it’s time.” I asked Jonah, “Jonah, do you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus?” He looked at me and said, “Yes, daddy I do.” we stopped on the side of the road and I prayed with him. We rejoiced with “happy” tears and I told Jonah that the angels in are rejoicing because of his decision!

I’m so thankful that I lost my car keys! I’ve been listening  to this song “Reckless Love” a lot lately. It’s a powerful song of worship and reminder of what our God has done and is doing to “find His lost sheep.” God’s reckless love is searching out the lost, young and old, far and wide, deep and high. He gives himself away again and again and again, He never gives up, His love never fails …

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

JayHartwell

Christ-following family-man on mission to fight global poverty & injustices | work in web technology, SEO, web architect, design & development

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