I am not a fan of crabs. Their pincers make me a bit nervous and their appearance is a bit off-putting. But one of their behaviors always brings a smile; their ability to walk sideways. In trying to avoid them, this unusual behavior makes me unsure of which way to go to get out of their way! Perhaps they are confused too, not knowing whether they are coming or going! The fact that their joints bend outwards rather than forwards makes for this bizarre gait. They can shuffle forwards but sideways allows for more speed and efficiency. They can quickly dip into a hole or crevice and escape a predator.
Our verse for today reminds us to walk with care. As believers we are to walk with wisdom. Perhaps walking wisely can look like a sideways gait to some. Our walk is to be different than those around us who are walking foolishly, outside of God’s will. The context tells us to wake up and make the most of every opportunity. This passage goes on to cite the particulars of this different walk: being filled with His Spirit, speaking differently, singing, making music and being thankful. Walking in this way is walking in a direction that is different and distinctive!
The subtle influence of those walking around us can affect our walk. Who wants to be seen walking sideways? It looks like we are going nowhere. We are not walking towards worldly values or recognition. Instead, we are walking towards the commendation of the Master, hoping to hear one day, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”
Lord, keep me from blindly following the walk of those around me. Make me wise, walking Your way today.