As most of the country seems to find itself in the midst of an emotional and physical deep freeze, leave it to one chilly-looking video to warm all of our hearts.
In the viral video, originally shared on Facebook on Jan. 9, two men are seen trying to cut a hole in a thick piece of ice topping a river or creek. Now, if you are anything like us, you assumed these are two guys were simply looking to cut out a hole in the ice for some good ol’ fishing on this sunny afternoon.
Yet, as the video goes on, you notice other people surrounding them, eager to see the progress of their hole in the ice. Of course, your mind begins to wander, wondering what exactly is happening here. When one of the men brings out a chainsaw, you can tell they mean business.
And for good reason.
Once the hole is cut, the video cuts to a young woman walking toward the hole, and eventually getting in the water. And as the background music begins to swell, it finally dawns on you — this young woman is getting baptized.
Be still our hearts.
“We had a pretty special day at community chapel,” a Facebook user writes alongside the video. “Precious Emily braved the ice to give her life to the lord! She’s one amazing young woman. So thankful to call her my new sister. Please feel free to share. Let’s show the world God’s love!”
“Wow! There was a young woman who wants to go to heaven! Praise God,” one Facebook viewer wrote in the comments underneath the emotional video.
Now, God knows we live in a crazy world. It’s a world where, increasingly, you have no idea of the crazy news you are going to wake up to. It’s a world where you are not sure who to trust and what to believe.
But there is one truth for many people.
That one truth so many are clinging to during these crazy times is the truth that there is a God. He is watching over us, and guiding us and giving us the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other each and every day. And so, on this chilly day, on this chilly body of water, one woman decided to show her faith via the act of baptism. And she didn’t care who was watching, how cold it was or even whether it would be on Facebook someday.
But it was eventually shared on social media, allowing it to be viewed thousands of times by believers and non-believers alike. And maybe, just maybe, it gave people a reason to believe in something bigger than themselves.
And maybe, for a brief moment, the world didn’t see so crazy after all.