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Only the Next Step – Looking for God’s Direction when Feeling Overwhelmed
Lost in thought, feeling overwhelmed with the uncertainty of where I’m supposed to go next. Not physically. Not a place. Instead, in what direction do I head spiritually? I feel Him calling me, but I’m not sure what He’s saying. Where do I go? What’s the big picture? What am I supposed to accomplish?
I lay quietly and imagine myself sitting, legs dangling over the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, waves lapping on the shore far below me. Nothing scary. It’s just my quiet place. I imagine Jesus approaching from my left, sitting down beside me, and I’m filled with His love just by His very presence.
“I don’t know what to do,” I tell Him. “I can’t see what I’m supposed to do. There’s too much.”
I hear His answer. At least in my imagination. “Julie,” He tells me. “Don’t look at the big picture. When it gets too big, too many distractions get in the way. You lose focus. You become overwhelmed. Only look at what’s next. Listen to me in order to hear the next step. Follow my direction just to accomplish the next thing. Only. And then pray for what comes after that. You don’t know my plan for you. Trust me that it’s perfect just for you. Believe me when I say I know what I’m doing, and I know what’s best for you. Pray for only the very next detail that needs to be done and for the peace and joy that comes from following me.”
I nod. Only the next detail. I can do that. All of the many day-to- day busy things aren’t enough to keep me away from one task. Trust Him. Believe Him. I can do those things, too. Step by step. One thing at a time until eventually I can look back and see what His plan was for me all along.
I can do that.
Thank you, Lord.
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