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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dire Disconnect: Over-the-shoulder Syndrome

Head turning, even if ever so slightly, to observe behaviors of those surrounding you. Mind wandering , wondering what others think about this, that, or maybe even me. Minor uneasiness. Bit insecurity. Feelings of vulnerability, yet ever-growing curiosity rising within. Growing need for reassurance, approval from others, and answers. Can manifest itself into a deepening reliance on human opinions to determine what course of action to take or which road to walk. An overwhelming desire to know motivates brave questioning, “What about him/her?”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve looked over my shoulder to wonder what other people seem to think, what they’re saying, and what they’re doing. I believe this eye-wandering approach to life is a very human way to seek guidance for life. It may also lead to rationalizing our behavior, the development of pride, and altogether missing God’s purpose and the gifts He’s given us, individually. I submit to you that the “symptoms” described above reveal a common “Dire Disconnect” I’d call Over-the-shoulder Syndrome. Can you relate?

John Chapter 21 well-portrays Over-the-shoulder Syndrome when Peter, who was being dealt with individually by Jesus, turns to wonder about the disciple that Jesus loved. You see, this story took place after Christ had risen from the dead. He had just appeared to His disciples after their long night of returning to the familiar (fishing…unsuccessfully). Then Jesus used the familiar (miraculous catch) to peak their awareness of His presence. He served them breakfast. Without question or a doubt, they KNEW He was the Lord.

Following the disciples breakfast picnic with Jesus, the Lord reinstated Peter who’d denied Him when Jesus was being sentenced before his death. Hurt and humbled by his blatant rejection of Jesus, Peter’s heart returned to Jesus through His gentle questioning of the disciple’s deepest being. Jesus disclosed Peter’s future to him. He told Peter what the Lord’s ultimate mission and plan for his life was. It was not exciting, except that it revealed he would genuinely follow the Lord without further future denial…unto death!

Almost instinctively, Peter turned to wonder. He looked over his shoulder and Peter’s eyes wandered. Perhaps he was a bit squirmy-like and unsettled. Maybe he could comfort himself with hard truth from Jesus if he had a buddy that would join him in following Jesus’ quest for Peter. Fear. Uncertainty. Must have the comfort of “the familiar” now. So, Peter sought a little reassurance for his way as the brave question spilled from his lips, “Lord, what about him?”

Jesus did answer this curious disciple. He answered in His typical Jesus way—a bit perplexing but in cut-to-the core truth. “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? YOU MUST FOLLOW ME.”

There is our word from the Lord, sisters. YOU MUST FOLLOW ME. His instructions to follow are present with us in the Bible, the word He has given us. Let’s go to THE SOURCE for our answers. Let’s pray and ask the Lord for direction. Yes, we can seek godly counsel from others who revere Jesus’ name and God’s word, but we must never allow our tendency toward “Over-the-shoulder” Syndrome cause us to miss the way. We MUST FOLLOW JESUS!

Lord, we praise you that you have great plans for each one of us! May we not miss them for Over-the-shoulder Syndrome! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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