As Christians, we all know that trusting in God isn’t necessarily easy. Life comes with its share of ups and downs, and it can be hard to put it all in God’s hands. Jody Wehlage admits that with her health challenges and the church fire, things haven’t always been easy. But she’s had her faith every step of the way.
Jody joined St. Mary’s in 1997. She and her husband, Jim, have three sons and a beloved black lab.
Recently, Jody read something that struck her. “Through” is the most powerful preposition in the Bible. She hopes that in all of the ministries in which she has been involved, God has worked through her. When her children attended St. Mary’s, she was on the Auction 4 Education committee. In 2016, she became a trustee, so she’s also in the Leadership Team and Finance Committee. In addition, she co-chaired the Church Building Team and helped with building the rectory. Jody has also served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
“While some of these ministries included building physical structures, my biggest hope is that God is working through me and us to build His Church, His Body of Christ,” Jody says. “Saying God works through us has brought so much peace to my body, mind, and soul.”
Jody has enjoyed learning more about how God works through us, not how He uses us.
“Generally, I would hear, ‘God can use you for His good’ or ‘God will use your journey for His Glory,’” Jody says. “This is true and for sure good, but no one wants to feel used. But in God’s Word, the word ‘through’ is so purposefully used.”
For all the various ways she’s been involved, Jody believes the credit goes to God and God alone.
“I truly believe everything I have been involved with and what has been accomplished has not been my doing,” Jody says. “I have done what I could, used gifts to the best of my abilities, definitely not perfectly, and then watched Him work blessings and miracles through those gifts that He has so generously provided.”
The community at St. Mary’s has been such a blessing to Jody through her ups and downs.
“When I look around the Body of Christ, our church of St. Mary’s is filled with so many incredibly beautiful souls,” Jody says. “I truly thank God for being a part of this amazing community.”
Through the ups and downs of the church building project, Jody would often reflect on Isaiah 43:18-19 quite often — “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new!”
“I remember praying many times that whatever His plan, He would help my brokenness to be okay with what He was asking of me,” Jody says.
Through everything, Jody offers up her challenges to God. She recommends that we all do the same.
“Just offer, trust, and watch God do amazing things with whatever you offer,” she says. “What I would say to others is the same way I would end my updates I posted while going through some of my health challenges — offer what you can and trust God always!”