After Jesus told Peter to stop comparing himself to John, he told Peter what he must do:
“Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:22)
In order for Peter to face his future martyr’s death—which he didn’t want, but couldn’t do anything about—he needed to hear these words from his Lord: You follow me!
In fact, this was all Peter needed to hear. It was enough.
He did not need to hear or do anything else. These three little words were sufficient to enable him to face the agonizing death assigned to him by God: You follow me!
Our Lord gives us the same command. For every unwanted experience or withheld blessing, the Lord would say to us: You follow me!
And just as these words were enough for Peter, so they are enough for us.
They are all we need to hear and obey in order to glorify God in every difficult experience God assigns us.
You follow me!