John 21:18-22 just keeps coming back to me.
After Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” He told Peter to follow Him at the end of verse 17. Then, beginning in verse 18, the Lord Jesus said to him, “Truly. truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
Jesus tells Peter, in no uncertain terms, that he shouldn’t worry about John or what the Lord has in store for him – that’s the Lord’s business. Peter’s business, if you will, is to follow Jesus and be faithful to Him.
I ran across this theme again as I finished “The Horse and His Boy” by C.S. Lewis. Aslan explains to the boy Shasta how he has worked in his life – the lion who forced him to join with the girl Aravis, the cat who comforted him among the houses of the dead, the lion who drove the jackals away from him as he slept, the lion who gave the horses (Bree and Hwin) the strength to go the last mile, and more.
Shasta then said, “Then it was you who wounded Aravis?”
“It was I.”
“But what for?”
“Child,” said the voice, “I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no-one any story but his own.”
There it is again! Don’t worry about what the Lord is doing with someone else, just follow Him and be faithful to Him yourself. I’ve been reminded of that idea numerous times in the last several years. It must be important!