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God's Headlights of Guidance


God's Headlights - Finding our way when we don’t know what’s ahead…

I had a vivid dream the other night. It was one that I thought there was no way I would forget! It seemed there was such a message in it.

Well…I should have jotted it down right then and there, because all I could remember the next morning was –

Next...just do what's next

This phrase seemed familiar. It had come across my path more than once during this past week – in the dream, in a book I’ve been reading, and also in one of my husband’s recent sermons. I don’t believe in coincidence; I believe God to be speaking.

You see…I am a planner. I like to know what’s ahead; I like to be in control. Maybe you’re the same way. Maybe this lesson is for most of us.

Next...Just do what's next

Do what’s right here, right now, right in front of us.

For whatever reason, maybe we can’t see very clearly where our life is heading right now. It may be because of a recent loss, life is changing, or we’re trying to keep all those plates spinning! No matter what it may be, this is holding us in a state of confusion with a lack of clarity, uncertainty, and even fear.

God says –    

Next...just do what's next

And yes, this concept is in the Word of God. In Matthew 5:25-34 as Jesus is preaching the Sermon on the Mount, he talks about not worrying about so many things. God’s got this! Live for today…

next...just do what's next

Object lesson - Headlights:

A friend gave me a great object lesson that illustrates this: the headlights on a car.

I hate to drive at night or in the fog or heavy rain! I can’t see far enough ahead that I’m comfortable. When it’s dark, my headlights show me enough though. They get me further down the road to see the next lighted strip of road and then the next and the next.

It causes me to keep my eyes on where the Light is shining right in front of me. It causes me to seek the Light. It causes me to trust the Light. It causes me to follow where the Light is leading. It also frees me to not shoulder the whole burden of what may lie ahead. I can …

next...just do what's next

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.”


When you see headlights at night now let them remind you to just do what's next.  Don't worry so much about tomorrow or what's ahead.  Trust God with that and go as far as His headlights of guidance show you for now.

© Copyright 2016 Susan Smart

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