How to ‘just do the next thing.”

What is it to ‘look to God’ when the eyes of the heart have been shattered? When the next breath brings excruciating pain and tears.

How can the next step be taken. How?

We are surrounded by witnesses, even as a great cloud. The Book of Hebrews breathed out by God says. People long gone and people in our view. We must be willing to watch them, somehow.

If we don’t have a willing heart, we need to ask God to give us one. That’s the start.

Doesn’t a runner focus, commit time to the race and train?  They’re at the track, enduring pain, restriction, even criticism, but they make the choice to even run in the rain.

To do the next thing …

when the breath has been knocked out, we must look to God and Jesus His Son. He sent Him that we might have all the witness we need.

Moment by moment , breath by breath, how did Jesus withstand the agony of the cross?

Eyes on the Father, His heart on us.  Jesus said, I AM willing. He laid down His life for us.

Who is this Man who overcomes, that we are to look upon?

“He is the image of the invisible God…” Colossians 1.

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible … All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1.

These are words written in the Book for all people, quietly sitting on the book shelf. But when opened and read, God again … becomes big.

“He came to His own and His own did not receive Him.” John 1:11.

Rejection and grief are not foreign to Jesus. A witness sufficient, He is alive evermore.

Jesus lifted His eyes to His Father when He prayed for all the people of the world:

“Father, the hour has come, …

“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, …” John chapter 17, Jesus prays for us still.

As a child we remember Three in One, but somehow through time, perhaps we believe ‘me’ is part of the sum.

But this broken world comes to cut us and bring pain, and there’s nothing left in the ‘me’. Everything’s changed.

So we turn and knock and hope that it’s the right door.

“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame” Romans 10:11.

“Call us, ‘Whoever’ , Father God, we need You. Show us the Son and move in us by Your Spirit. Bring us each day to clearer vision.  Forever, always.  This is our prayer to our Father in Heaven, Your will be done, You be our vision.”

“My son, ( and daughters too), do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastened, and scourges every son ( and daughter), whom He receives.” Hebrews 12 verse 5and verse 6, extra nouns added to include all of us.

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9.

In order to do the next thing, we must first breathe. Perhaps the Word of God is our very breath. And Jesus  will show us the way, and the path. He is the One who will get us through each step.


Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

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