As we prepare for our 14th annual conference "Wisdom" with Keynote speaker Mary Kassian and musical guest Point of Grace, we are featuring blog posts from our recommended speaker team to share their journey on wisdom! This week, Wilna Van Beek shares with us the value of wisdom in all situations...
It’s been an interesting and very challenging fall for me personally. I had several speaking engagements where I would share my story of redemption and restoration through Jesus Christ, and how there is so much hope in Him! Then I heard that a protest was on the rise in my city... People were protesting my testimony! (What? How? Why?) My first reaction was to jump on the first plane and just fly away! But, because God calls us to be men and women of valour, I did not jump on a plane. Instead, I prayed and sought WISDOM! I sought GODLY wisdom and WORDLY wisdom! When we face difficult situations in life, we need both!
- Godly Wisdom - It is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God
- Worldly Wisdom - Having or showing sound judgment, great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them
Needless to say, God showed up in many ways!
“For by WISE counsel, you can wage your war, and in an abundance of counsellors there is victory and safety”. Proverbs 24:6 (amp)
I also asked for GODLY WISDOM…
“He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the TRUTH we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free.” 1 Timothy 2:4 (msg)
So, WISDOM this fall meant to abide in Jesus! It had to be daily, hourly, and even by the minute! (One of my speaking topics is about Abiding in the Vine, and this became such a reality for me! I realized how I needed to abide in His strength, power and wisdom in this difficult situation! I had to practice what I was preaching!)
With Him, in Him, and through Him we have power to overcome and live victorious lives, but…. ”apart from Me (cut of from vital union with Me) you can do nothing!”John 15:5b
Today, I look back with such a grateful heart and I am in awe of what God accomplished through this event! He showed up and He did all the work of the heart because He is in the business of restoration, redemption, healing and forgiveness! Those who were hungry, He personally fed them the bread of life! He quenched their thirst and stilled their hunger because of His love for all men/women! We heard so many stories of how lives were touched and changed...
The key was not so much what we knew, but rather, who we knew and still know! It is friendship with the One who says:
Wilna was born and raised in South Africa, later moved to Canada, and is now enjoying her dual citizenship journey! She is a pioneer in ministering to diverse groups including homosexuals as she has had multiple gay relationships in her past. She speaks to groups of any size to grow in understanding, love and great empathy by sharing her faith journey. When speaking to Christ followers, she encourages them to put on the Jesus glasses as we treat others with both truth and grace.
She is currently involved in outreaches such as: Winning Women (a ministry that reaches out to children in the inner city of Saskatoon) and is an active member of her local church. Wilna is also a recent graduate of the School of Women in Ministry. She owns her own grooming business and is passionate about it! Though the rest of her family is living in South Africa, she considers her two dogs, Daisy and Thursdae, a part of her family:)
- To find out more about Wilna click here: Wilna Van Beek
- To find out more about WJOF and our upcoming conference where Wilna will be on a panel with others on our speaker team, click here: WJOF/2013