The longer I listened to my new acquaintance, the more distressed I became.
I had been savoring a few peaceful moments by myself during a break at a conference when she struck up a conversation. After chatting for a few minutes, we discovered we both struggled with the same health condition. However, we had different ways of addressing the problem. After listening politely while I described my simple approach to the issue, she proceeded to detail her complex, high-tech treatment regimen. She concluded by suggesting I look up her doctor, whose name and contact information she provided.
This woman meant to be helpful, but the interventions she advocated sparked fear. What if I’m not doing enough? What if I have to undergo the same complicated treatments? My thoughts churned like water in the wake of a motor boat. Anxious to regain my tranquility, I said a prayer and did my best to dismiss the conversation.
Not long after this encounter, I read John 21. In an echo of His words to John, I felt God say, If this woman pursues these treatments, what is it to you? You follow me.
What the woman from the conference chose to do didn’t matter. Gently but firmly, God instructed me not to compare myself to others. He wants me to listen to Him alone and follow His unique guidance for my life and health.
As God comforted me with this truth, I felt strengthened to let go of the “what ifs” stirred up by other people’s opinions. And as I chose to trust Him, peace returned.
Don’t let your peace be disturbed by the advice or opinions of others. Anchor yourself in God’s truth. Seek His guidance, receive His assurance, and trust He has a plan just for you.
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