My world was rocked the other day. I realized I had W.A.H.S.
The diagnosis was quite unexpected.
I was minding my own business, having a quiet time with the Lord. My daily reading was John 21. Jesus has a conversation about love and sheep feeding with Peter. Peter assured Jesus that he did indeed love Him and would most certainly feed and take of care of the lambs and sheep (To see the full conversation- John 21:15-17). Jesus then speaks prophetic words concerning Peter’s death, which no doubt had to be a wet blanket on the “Yes, I love you” part of the conversation.
Upon hearing this news, Peter looks at John (a.k.a. as “the one Jesus loved”) and sticks his foot in his mouth by asking, “Lord, what about him?” [Insert pregnant pause] Peter had once again gotten side tracked with what was happening with others. He was concerned about “him.” The exchange between Jesus and Peter stung my spirit. In an instant I knew I had W.A.H.S.
Yep….a terrible case of What About Her Syndrome.
You see, before I opened my Bible that morning I had spent some time pouring out complaints (Psalm 142:2) before the Lord, which is scriptural and healthy, but to be honest, it probably sounded more like a pity party for one because these weren’t new complaints. These were issues that should have been settled a long time ago. I feel certain as the Lord heard me He said something like, “Really, are we going here again?”
In days and weeks prior, my feelings had been hurt by people I love. In the midst of a book release, other blessings, and just a general closeness to God, I lost sight of Him and wondered about “her.” Yes, like Peter, I had once again gotten distracted by what was happening with others.
That morning the Spirit did its work and convicted me (John 16:8). The Word did its work by judging the attitude and thoughts of my heart (Hebrew 4:12). And I did my work and confessed my sin. Oh, the beautiful, glorious, and gracious work of the Lord. He loves us too much to leave us like we are.
I’m thankful for a Great Physician who makes house calls. (Well, actually, He will meet us anywhere.)