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, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “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!”
It is so easy when you hurt so bad, or hear something you do not like, to look at others and ask the 'why' questions. Why do others, like John, seem to have easier journeys.. why is my journey so often a painful one? To these questions Jesus answers our 'why' questions with another question: "what is that to you?" I think that the 'why' questions are unfruitful ones that cause us to obsess and wallow in our pain rather than process it and move through it.
Jesus ends by telling Peter "You follow Me!" He makes no apology.. offers no excuse.. He simply says that.. even in difficult places "where you do not want to go".. our focus must not be on our pain.. not on our circumstances.. not on other people.. but on following Him in the good times and the bad. Our challenge is to look up and not look around.
Help me Lord to keep my focus on you today.