Today I am posting what I am calling a ‘Saturday Serendipity.” That means that I am posting something that I found somewhere that was very useful and encouraging to me, and that I am going to share with you so that you will also have the opportunity of profiting from it. I hope to do these often, but I can’t make any promises. I will just Do The Nexte Thynge and post this one, and then go write some of the articles on my list.
This has been on our wall for years. It has reminded me over and over again what God desires of us each day and each minute.
From an old English parsonage down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And on through the doors the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration: “DOE THE NEXTE THYNGE.”
Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Thrust them with Jesus, doe the nexte thynge.
Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all results, doe the nexte thynge
Looking for Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, doe the nexte thynge.
I hope that this poem will inspire you, and will exhort you to go and do the next thing that God has for you, instead of spending your time and life moseying around aimlessly (as I all too often do).
With joy and peace in Christ,