The Next Right Thing
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
I don’t really mind working from home, spending less money, and spending so much time with my husband. I’m sure many of you feel the same. You get to spend quality time with your kids, learn new hobbies, and live every day in your sweatpants. Sounds like a good time to me!
Everything is all good until you login to social media, turn on the news, or walk by all the empty shops and restaurants, or when you think about everything that has been cancelled during this time. Weddings, funerals, graduations, birthday parties. Everything must wait. So, what should you do while you wait? While you deal with the disappointment and frustration? When you don’t know what to do, do the next right thing.
In November of 2019, Disney came out with the movie, Frozen II, which had this theme of doing the next right thing when you don’t know what to do. Take a step. Make a choice.You may not have the final solution, but you can do something. It doesn’t have to be a giant step. Just pick something. Maybe it’s folding that load of laundry. Maybe it’s cleaning rooms in your house. Maybe it’s just getting out of bed. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
This might sound daunting, but that’s okay, you weren’t meant to do things on your own. You have a loving God who cares for you. He cares about your hurts, your disappointments, your uncertainty. He can see our entire journey, so we just need to trust Him one step a time, even when we cannot see.
Doing the next right thing is kind of like walking in the woods with a flashlight. The flashlight helps, but you usually can’t see from where you are to where you want to go. The only way to see your end goal is to take one step at a time and let the light show more of the path as you walk. Let the Lord be your light in the darkness bringing you one step closer with each step.
If you aren’t sure where to start in doing the next right thing, I want to encourage you to spend some time with God. Read my blog post, The First Things, for some ideas. And while you’re waiting and pondering, listen to the song, The Next Right Thing, from Disney’s Frozen II.