Do the Next Thing

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

"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.”

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God used this beautiful, old Saxon poem to encourage Elisabeth Elliot after the death of her dear husband. Elisabeth's first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca of eastern Ecuador. She later spent two years as a missionary to the tribe members who killed her husband (Wikipedia). Here are her words from a radio broadcast about how she learned to just do the next thing:

"When I went back to my jungle station after the death of my first husband, Jim Elliot, I was faced with many confusions and uncertainties. I had a good many new roles, besides that of being a single parent and a widow. I was alone on a jungle station that Jim and I had manned together. I had to learn to do all kinds of things, which I was not trained or prepared in any way to do. It was a great help to me simply to do the next thing." (emphasis mine)