17 Feb The Next Right Thing
“The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”” – Psalm 32:8
We’ve been watching a lot of Frozen 2 around here, and one thing the movies continues to say over and over is “do the next, right thing.” This concept is not new to me. In fact, it was a piece of advice given to me at the end of one of the most transformative and life-changing experiences of my life… a piece of advice that I’ve considered thousands of times over the past few years… and now, it’s not only constantly being said in my home via a Disney movie, it’s become a talking point for my children. It’s evident to me that the Lord wants me to remember this little nugget of advice.
Does this ever happen to you? You see something or hear something several times over – in different places – making you certain that God wants to you to focus on it?
Okay, back to the devotional…
In 2017, I attended Camp Well – a faith-filled, women’s retreat for the Dreamer and the Doer. It was during y time there that I listened (and answered) to the Lord’s assignment in my life – my call to ministry. I didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t know how to even go about it. I was honestly expecting for the last day of the retreat to walk me through my next steps. One of the founders of Camp Well, Jenn Jett Barrett, stood up at the end of the retreat and said “So, now what? What do you do? Here’s what to do next…”
This was the moment – I had my pen ready to write it all down…
“Do the next right thing.”
I remember thinking “really?” HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT THE NEXT RIGHT THING IS? WHAT IS THE NEXT RIGHT THING? I NEED BULLET POINTS! IS THERE A BLOG POST ON THIS? I WONDER IF IT’S ON PINTEREST…
Then I remembered. The Lord is good. His love endures forever. He IS all that is good, pure, right and wonderful. If I lean on Him and trust in Him and surrender to Him, He will lead me to the next right thing.
This has been my prayer, over and over, for the last three years- “Lord, just let me do the next, right thing. I just want to walk forward in faith. Please guide my steps and help me remain in you, so that you can take care of the rest.”
Here’s what has happened – my life looks absolutely NOTHING like I thought it would 5 years ago, and it looks absolutely NOTHING like what I thought it would that day I answered to the calling at Camp Well. BUT I’ve never felt more sure of my purpose and place in this world. I can truly say that following His calling on my life, as much courage and surrender as it has required, has led me to a place of peace and purpose.
God has constantly placed the next right thing in front of me over and over and over – even when I couldn’t see it, or wondered where it was. Actually doing the next right thing has required consistent reliance on Him and constant prayer and petition. It has required me to walk without looking at where I’m walking… stepping forward, over and over, and constantly looking up, courageously unafraid of where my feet land or where I’m headed. It requires stepping over your fears EVERY SINGLE DAY. It requires choosing to trust in Him, even when He’s hard to see. It requires doing the next right thing… and trusting that you’ve been filling your heart with His Word and prayerful enough to know what it is.
But here’s the deal, as scary as surrender is, when the God of all creation is guiding your steps, you don’t have to look down to see where you’re going because we know that He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us… plans to give us hope and a future!
So, today, I’m telling my fears and doubts goodbye. I’m stepping forward in faith. Will you join me?