An Encouraging Word

Do You Feel Like Your Life Is One Big Question Mark?

Elisabeth Elliot found solace and motivation from these words written by an anonymous poet

Elizabeth Erlandson
1 min readNov 11, 2022
Stone house with white painted windows and chimney
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There came in the twilight a message to me;

Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,

Hath, it seems to me, teaching from heaven;

And through the hours, the quiet words ring

Like a low inspiration: “Do the next thing.”

Many a questioning, many a fear,

Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.

Moment by moment, let down from heaven,

Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.

Fear not tomorrows, child of the King;

Trust them with Jesus: Do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer;

Do it reliantly, casting all care;

Do it with reverence, tracing his hand

Who hath placed it before thee with earnest command.

Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ’neath His wing,

Leave all results,

Do the next thing.



Elizabeth Erlandson

Totally sold out to Jesus Christ, in Whom I find ever-increasing joy. Wife to Doug. Mother of two. Urban gleaner. Retired candy store owner. Devotional writer.