Do the Next Thing

“Doe the Nexte Thinge” (Original Saxon spelling)

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, as it seems to me, teaching from Heaven. And on through the hours the quiet words ring, like a low inspiration -do the next thing.

Many a questioning, many a fear, many a doubt, hath 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.

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 resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to 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, do the next thing.

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9 responses to “Do the Next Thing

  1. Elizabeth Elliott said that this poem helped her in times of crisis. She knew that she could do that “next thing”.

    • Teresa

      Yes she did! Thank you for mentioning that. Elisabeth mentioning it on one of her books inspired me to post it.

  2. Ruth

    T, I’ve read this a few times since you posted your blog and have to tell you how much I enjoyed it. It’s beautiful and I’d never heard it before. Thank you for sharing it! xoxo

    • Teresa

      I am so glad it blessed you Ruth. Some days it’s all I can do to simply put one foot in front of the other. This was a great blessing to me. xoxoxo Love you!

  3. Beautiful Teresa. Such wisdom.

  4. Teresa

    Yes Diane, Wisdom indeed.

  5. Ruth

    Thank you, dear sister, for this precious reminder. It’s a balm for the soul that I needed today.

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