Each morning I began my day with God,
then set out to complete the tasks at hand;
but seldom did my day go as I planned,
for something in my master plan was flawed
and left me feeling like an utter fraud.
And so I sent a message to a friend,
who answered with a gentle reprimand:
“My friend, the answer’s easy,” said her text.
“The thing to do is that which follows next.”
Just do the next thing—simple, yet profound.
If only I could put it to the test,
then maybe I would be a lot less stressed.
So patiently the Lord brought me around,
and in my soul new joy came to abound.
I learned to trust in God, who wants my best,
and in His care my soul is fully blessed.
For now, not just the mornings, but all day,
My Lord consumes my thoughts and guides my way.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.Psalm 32:8
A Double Analogue written for Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Friday: NEXT
Copyright © 2019 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Photo taken in New Market, VA, 2014
- invented by Rena Ferguson Parks, a 20th century poet and educator
- a nonostich in iambic pentameter
- rhyme scheme: abbaabbcc
- can be doubled