What Do Now?

This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link up. We write for just 5 minutes on a one-word prompt and see what happens. Today’s prompt is “now.”

I have a 26-month-old grandson who was an early talker, so by now, he’s really got a grasp on the English language. When he was coming to our house 5 days a week (which he’s not now thanks to the stay-at-home orders and the job losses of both his parents) he would often finish doing something, or just tire of the activity he was engaged in, and he would come to me and say, “What do now?”


It was so cute. He got that from us because we would often say it to him when he looked like he was moving on from whatever he was doing.

It occurs to me that we’re often like that with God. We always want to be doing something. But in this time of pause in the world, it seems like we shouldn’t be asking that question. Maybe the right question to ask is not “what should I be doing?” but rather “Who am I becoming”?

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12 thoughts on “What Do Now?

  1. Love this, Steph! And really sweet picture too! I’ve thought a few times of Elisabeth Elliot’s use of the poem, Do the Next Thing recently….

  2. “Who am I becoming” is an excellent question to be asking ourselves these days. I know I definitely want to be growing, stretching myself, letting God stretch me during this unexpected time. I suspect (hope!) that “normal” will look different when these days are behind us.

  3. I live with a canine crew,
    all sixteen, they follow me;
    they do not feel called to Do.
    They are happy just to Be.
    Of course, there really are some things
    where ‘doing’ still is needed.
    if they get Barb’s onion rings,
    “I need to GO!” must be heeded.
    But on the whole, they are content
    to sleep on sofas and on chairs,
    and leave me to the hard cement
    at the foot of porch-high stairs.
    They have earned a life of ease,
    for their watchword is, “We please!”

  4. What helpful advice! I find myself asking the Lord (too) often “what would you have me do now”…but perhaps I don’t need to be doing. But becoming.

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