Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Just do the next thing...."



Have you faced a situation that is just too big that you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, helpless not knowing what to do? My friend use to say in times like that, "Just do the next thing."

The situation regarding the number of widows and orphans is overwhelming. In Africa alone, I'm told AIDS results in over 45 million orphans. I personally feel helpless, don't know what to do. Frustrated. But I then remember my friend's comment, "Just do the next thing."

In recent months, actually about a year and a half now -- God's people at LifeBridge Church [and all over the country] with feelings of inadequacies, not sure what to do, have been doing "the next thing" -- coming along side the Walser family .. fundraising, praying fervently, encouraging, advocating for orphans, donating time, money, sweat and tears resulting in Abby Lynne Walser being brought into her family. She will be home Christmas night.

What if all God's people "just do the next thing" regarding orphan care? God will even tell us the next thing to do. He says in Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it.'" To some, they will hear His voice say to begin taking that long, difficult journey to adopt? To others: to withdraw some of the retirement money and give to the family who is adopting. Yet to another who is handy, to help a family with a much needed larger bedroom for a new child, or maybe His voice is calling you to go! To go serve orphans and widows...perhaps even in Africa! [Visit The Rafiki Foundation]

I love looking at the pictures of Abby with her Mommy and Daddy. I keep looking at them and I keep smiling. They are all so blessed...BUT... so am I, and so too many others for we got to do "the next thing." Many blessed people by doing the next thing in obedience to God's voice got to bring a little girl home to her family, and honor God. That makes me want to do more of "the next thing."


5 comments:

Connie said...

Lovely post Mrs. B...I keep smiling too! Yes, yes...let's do more of the next right thing!

Jessica Smith said...

Amen Barbara! It is such an encouragement to see and hear how the Church, the BODY, has rallied around the Walser family as they have said "YES" to the undeniable plans that God has for their family!

What an incredible JOY to see the fruit of all the little things that contributed to this beautiful union!

Erica said...

AMEN!!!!!

Rachel said...

You model this in my life and our journey, for sure. God is so glorified and we are so blessed--and so privileged to share in Erica and Mel's journey as well!

Praying my life is characterized by doing the next thing!!

Pam said...

What pure joy is on their faces in these photos! Love it!

I love your writing as well. You are talented!

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