Josiah Bradford Wilkes
Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, help me stand;
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, Precious Lord, lead me home.
Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne Make all my wants and wishes known;
In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.
The time was 10:45pm on the night of July 11th. The music of the above precious hymns could be heard resonating through our home as my fingers played the familiar tunes on our piano.
Little did we know how the message of these hymns would be a living testimony just moments away. For as I finished playing, Lisa reported that her water had broke. With joy, we gave each other a hug and then dedicated the next season of time to the Lord asking for His protection and wisdom in the birth of our child.
Lisa called our midwife, and preparations went underway. Unexpectedly though, however, the contractions were almost immediately 90-120 seconds apart lasting 40-60 seconds each. Our baby was coming soon!
A beautiful booklet of Scripture verses from our church body was a source of strength and encouragement to Lisa as she went through the contractions. “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
In His perfect time – just 4 hours and 29 minutes after her water broke (3:14am), Lisa delivered a strong, healthy little boy – Josiah Bradford Wilkes. He weighed 8lbs 14oz and was 20.5 inches long.
We praise the Lord for the miracle of life which was witnessed that night. Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! (Ps. 31:19)
Two Scriptures that were quoted to Josiah only minutes after his birth were:
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. (Is. 58:12)
Therefore, my beloved ‘Josiah’, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1Cor. 15:58)
A beautiful sunrise welcomed the birth of Josiah!
Though the night be long, In my heart there’s a song;
I will praise Thee while life shall last,
Be my guide all the way, By Thy side I will stay;
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
For more pictures of our dear little son, visit www.theWilkesTeam.com!