My car comes with a lane keeping assist system. It gently corrects my steering when I (sometimes) begin to leave my lane, applying torque progressively to the steering to help guide me back to the centre of the lane. It’s the system’s way of saying, “Stay in your own lane.”
Just as it’s safe for us to stay in our own lane on the road, it’s also good for us to stay in our own lane in life by minding our own business. So many problems would be avoided if we learned to stay in our own lane and not be overly concerned with what God is doing in someone else’s life. Like the lane keeping assist system, the Holy Spirit will often warn us when we’ve departed from our lane and help steer us back to the center of the lane, but we must let Him do that. When Jesus hinted at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God, Peter turned around and noticed Jesus’ favourite disciple, John, following them and asked, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?” Jesus gently corrected Peter saying, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me” (John 21:21-22). In other words, Jesus was telling Peter to mind his own business.
Don’t resist the Spirit’s gentle correction. We must each drive in our lane, so for our own protection and that of others, let’s stay in it.