What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

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My days are full. Writing deadline. Grandkids. Time with hubby. Bible Studies. Yet in the midst of the busyness I often wonder if I’m doing enough. I try to start each day asking God to make me aware of needs around me. But when those needs edge into my time, I get irritated. I want to feel used by God, but I’d really rather He fit those requests for my time around my schedule.

Irritation was my response a couple of days ago when God nudged me to visit an elderly family member. Didn’t He know I hadn’t reached my daily word count? Didn’t He know the laundry wasn’t done? Didn’t He realize I’d already, just that morning, given a ride to a friend who doesn’t have a car? Didn’t that meet my daily do-good quota?

But I went. We talked about family and the things that fill my days. Not much fills hers. And then she asked a question. “What do you think heaven will be like?” Lord, is that the reason I’m here? The reason for the nudge? Give me words. I shared what I know from scripture. She talked about being ready. She’s tired of doing nothing, feeling useless. Unbusy. I reminded her that prayer wasn’t nothing, that we may never know what results from time we spend with God, praising, praying over family, asking Him to intervene in the affairs of our country.

Later that day, I listened to the news while fixing supper. Forest fires. Earthquakes. Jose. Katia. Irma. I know I’m not alone in feeling small, helpless, useless in the midst of these reports. We want to do something.

Prayer isn’t nothing. 

The truth I’d spoken earlier came back to me. Am I alone in this dichotomous thinking . . . wondering if I’m doing enough, wanting to help, feeling useless when I can’t , but wanting to do it on my time. Time to surrender: “My” time, “my” words. I am busy, but I when I interrupt “my” time to respond to those Nudges, God almost always surprises me with a new joy. A sense of purpose. I am busy. But I can always make time to pray. And prayer isn’t nothing.

If, like me, you’re feeling helpless as you watch the news and worry about friends and family in the path of storms or the wake of fires, let these words wash over you:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7



Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.


  1. Thank you, Becky. So often, I feel exactly as you did. A great reminder that God has far better things in mind for our days!

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