I was at CTCA for my one month post-surgery follow up this week. God has sent many blessings along the way, despite the challenges of surgery. At this point, I have been “released” and do not need any more treatment.
I still can’t say specifically why God chose this journey for me, but I know God has a plan to bring honor to Himself. He will equip me to do His will. There is nothing better in life than living for God.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all of the blessings and for giving me strength to endure the challenges. Please help me to live the purpose You have for me.
1. From an old English parsonage, down by the sea, There came in the twilight a message for me; Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven, It has, seems to me, God’s teaching from Heaven. And on through the hours the quiet words ring, Like a low inspiration: “DO THE NEXT THING.”
2. Many a questioning, many a fear, Many a doubt has its quieting here. Moment by moment, let down from Heaven, Time, opportunity, guidance are given. Fear not tomorrows, child of the King, Trust them with Jesus. DO THE NEXT THING.
3. Do it immediately; do it with prayer; Do it reliantly, casting all care; Do it with reverence, tracing Christ’s hand Who placed it before you with earnest command, Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing, Leave all resultings. DO THE NEXT THING.
4. Looking to Jesus, ever serener, Working or suffering, let this be your demeanor. In His dear presence, the rest of His calm, Let the light of Christ’s countenance be your psalm. Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing! Then, as He commands you, DO THE NEXT THING.
This poem was popularized by Elizabeth Elliot. It is loaded with truth. There are difficulties in life. We will not be 100% free from them while we live. God has given us tools to keep moving forward. He has given us His word and other believers to help us along the way. All we need to do is cling to Him and “do the next thing”.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing a way to do the next thing. I ask for Your help as many of us are weary and don’t feel as though we can continue. Please give us strength and help us to honor You.
Right now, it can feel like everything in life is about COVID-19. It is a major part of what is happening in the world. However, I hope we don’t get sidetracked as we deal with the affects of this virus in our lives. No matter how this has changed your life, God is still the same as He has always been (Hebrews 13:8). He is waiting to help you have a greater purpose in life than what you can imagine. Hebrews 13:20-21 is a prayer that God will work in us. Some think this shows God as selfish. However, God will never be selfish. He gave His only Son to save us from the worst. What pleases God is good for us. Try God’s way – I think you’ll find this to be true. He wants more for us than we want for ourselves.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to live the purpose You have planned. I don’t want the challenges of life to deter me from serving You. Please help me to encourage others to seek You and follow Your way. I pray that through this time You would equip us to serve You. Thank you for all You have been doing and all You will do.