Laura was baptized in April and has graciously shared her story with us – check it out!
Hi! My name is Laura Plath and I’m an accountant, currently living in Catonsville, though in September I’ll be getting married and moving to Hawaii!
I’ve been a Christ follower for more than ten years now, but back before I knew Jesus, I struggled with being comfortable in my own skin. I was insecure about who I was – not funny enough, not outgoing enough…I looked around at the girls around me and some part of me wanted to be more like them, and a little less like me. I was generally a happy person, but I struggled with being content.
My freshman year in college I had been dragged to Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) by my friends for months when we went on our spring retreat. On that retreat I remember, during one of the sessions, the speaker looking straight at me and saying that I was “fearfully and wonderfully made,” quoting Psalm 139:14. In that moment, I felt those insecurities fade and the love of God replace them.
I had always believed in God, but a personal relationship with Jesus was never something that had interested me. The idea of my faith affecting my daily life was a completely foreign concept to me. That changed when I realized the depth of God’s love for me and how those traits I hadn’t liked about myself were placed in me specifically by the God who created me.
For the last ten years my walk with Jesus has made my life richer and fuller than I could have imagined. While I still struggle with insecurities, I know the truth that God created me for a purpose.
Life doesn’t get easier after coming to know Jesus, and I’ve experienced that too. When my dad passed away unexpectedly about four years ago, I struggled with my faith in a way I never had before. I had to really put to the test what I had professed for years.
God, despite my wrestling, stayed constant, even in the midst of my questioning. He’s strong enough to stand up to the big questions, and even in the middle of unrest, and sometimes unanswered questions, there’s peace in his grace.
I’m getting baptized because I’ve known the work of Christ in my life. Jesus is my Savior, and I want to acknowledge that. While I’ve been a believer for a while, I’ve always shied away from being baptized, not wanting the attention.
After a while I felt like it wasn’t necessary anymore. But before Jesus ascended, he told his disciples to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
So while my salvation is not dependent on being baptized, I want to be obedient to Jesus’ command and publicly acknowledge the work that he’s done and is doing in my life.
His love for me has changed my life, has remained constant through the hardest experience of my life so far, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for me next.
Baptism at Grace
During all worship gatherings on Baptism Weekends, we celebrate the very reason we exist as a church: Christ’s mission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19-20). We share testimonies of how Jesus changes lives now and for eternity. And the best part… we baptize with a joy that’s out of this world!