Like many of us Susannah prayed every day for God’s will to be done in her life. As a young girl she wanted her life to count for God. She wanted to fulfill His plan for her life and serve Him. Unfortunately, she thought, the only answer God seemed to be giving her was, “Wait.”
Later in life she got married and then had children. As many young Christian stay-at-home moms discover, kids sometimes put life on hold. Taking care of her children became Susannah’s top priority. Her dreams of serving God in a significant and important role seemed to drift farther and farther away. But she never lost her faith. And she taught her children to have the same faith in life that she did.
In Susannah’s twilight years she realized she had not fulfilled her childhood dreams to serve God in ways that would change the world. She never wrote a book, she never preached a sermon, she never became a missionary.
She died in 1742, but the impact of what Susannah Wesley did is still being felt around the world today. If you’ve ever sung Christ The Lord Is Risen Today or Hark The Herald Angels Sing or hundreds of other hymns, you’ve sung songs written by Susannah’s son, Charles Wesley. His brother, Susannah’s son John Wesley founded Methodism, a movement that has given birth to thousands of churches around the world.¹
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, Ephesians 6:7 NIV
So, never think what you’re doing in service to the Lord isn’t touching the lives of others. If you seek to love God with all your heart and love others, your works that come from your faith will result in glory and honor to God.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10 NIV
¹Portions of Steve McVey's book, Walking in the Will of God, were the inspiration for this blog post.