What Is That to You?

September 3, 2014

I see things differently after our water shortage that I talked about in Contentment: It's Not for the Timid. Now I notice green yards and think of water waste.

The Lord reminds me, “I’m teaching you, not them, to trust." 

I nod. It’s my lesson. 

But pride slips in quickly. I ration water and have no yard, I can trust God, but I see they do not.

I notice the disciples doing the same in John 21:18-22.

Jesus tells Peter, “When you were younger, you used to…walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, ...someone else will bring you where you do not wish to go.”

 Peter saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them: “Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”

The Lord’s words ring in my heart when I want to be someone’s conscience and tell them what to do. “What is that to you? You follow me.”

I sigh, because again my focus is not on the Lord. I’m not focusing on the water anymore, but I see what others should be doing (according to my lesson). My focus is again off the Lord and He tells me again, “Follow Me.”

So like my children who say, “You allowed so-and-so to do this. Why can’t I?”

I see beyond the immediate and say, “It doesn’t matter what he does, you just obey.”

I know the lesson for them; I quickly forget how it applies to me.

Our Father reminds me, sometimes not so gently, “What is that to you?”

Again, I sigh. I’m so easily distracted, so easily filled with pride, so easily not following the Lord.

The words, so simple, ring in my ears, “You follow Me.”

(A footnote to the water problem: Our pump and its casing was removed to evaluate the water level and blast out sediment if needed. Our water level now covered the pump and did not reflect the previous problems. I can now take regular showers and use the dish washer. Although landscaping water is not available, there is enough water for regular household activities. God knows just how much we must experience before we turn to Him.)

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLES(R), Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.


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Oh, Sonya, you really hit the nail on the head with this one. It is just so easy to be distracted by others and what they are doing or not doing, and making ourselves feel better for it. I will read this again to remind myself. Thanks so much.

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