The Family of…Wilkinson. The sons, the daughters, and whose wife’s name was Janet. How will we be remembered? Will we be listed among those who had lived out their faith even through uncomfortable waters of misunderstanding and persecution? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is sometimes difficult to see past the current difficulties in life or have hope for the victory in helpless situations. I’m afraid my prayers in these times sound desperate as I beg for God to “Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed.” I am so thankful that God does not deny me the concerns of my heart when I plead with such immature, self-directed faith. God has a way of birthing in us a kind of faith that will ultimately produce His perfect will.
For example, our pastor gave us an assignment at the end of August to write down something we wanted God to do in our lives and pray over that desire daily for 45 days. He promised that God would act on our behalf. So I obeyed. What I am most surprised about is not that God unquestionably did act, but He flipped my world upside down with His answer. What I prayed was that my family would be restored and that I would see it in my lifetime. How amazing it was that in less than 45 days I had remarried my husband! To be married was not on my plan for restoration of the family; yet God’s purpose in this union has been a tremendous gift to us both, and a hope for bringing spiritual blessings to the rest of the family. His ways are not mine. I know this because He knows best my heart’s needs and when it is ready to receive His answer. How great is His mercy, compassion, and grace! Oh, how He loves us!