Sometimes we get so caught up in doing church that we forget to let Jesus take the lead in our worship; I cannot speak for any other than the Baptist Church's I have been in but every week there is an order of service, and I think that's a good thing, there should be a degree of order in the church and it is helpful to the congregation and especially to visitors to be able to know what to expect during their time in your worship service.
But it is our idea of how to make the worship flow, it is based on tradition and experience, wrapped in prayer and offered in love, but every once in a while something happens-at least it seems to happen to me-and the order of service becomes for a moment a distant dream, and I believe that in those moments God is seeking our trust in His vision for His people.
Traditionally I have always put baptism's at the beginning of the service, all eyes on those standing up and standing out for the Lord, but when families are traveling long distances to be a part of this special occasion as they were today then my planning has to take a back seat to His glory. Baptism isn't about me, or the church congregation, it's about the living testimony shared with those who are witness to it, and first and foremost to God.
So today, when the world tried to darken the moment by having the family detained by traffic, we proceeded through our service until they arrived, and I was blessed to hear from the back room others stepping in to lead worship and prayer in my place in service to the Lord. Soon the family arrived and we proceeded to glorify the Father, not according to our order of service, but according to the instruction of God. His order of service couldn't have been better.
As a church our planning and preparation for the worship hour sometimes just won't work, and we should pray that God shuffles it up once in a while, I think it makes Him smile to see us react to his intervention, if nothing else it reminds me that He is alive and active in His church that I am blessed to serve in.