I can relate to this boy who had some trouble walking in those flippers. There is nothing so comical as watching someone trying to walk forward in flippers, high stepping in an effort not to trip! The ends of those flippers curl up or under and make tripping inevitable. A simple solution would be to put them on at water’s edge. But if that is not possible than there is another solution that avoids looking like a clown and tripping. And that is to walk backwards!
Today’s verse talks about our lives being a walk. Paul is pointing out the difference between our former way of walking and our walk now that we are made new. The old way of walking was characterized by tripping up on anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language (verse 8). This way of walking in our earthly nature included sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (verse 5). No wonder there was tripping and stumbling! But with being made new, we are walking backwards, sure-footed. We may be walking differently than everyone else, but we are upright!
It is not always easy to be walking differently through life than everyone around me. Even though I am not tripping, I am in the minority. I am walking backwards compared to everyone else and it is an uncomfortable feeling to be mocked or misunderstood. But this is the walk the Lord has called me to. Thankfully, I am not alone. His Spirit keeps me walking in a way that pleases Him. And there are other believers doing this same walk with me. Walking His way is so much more pleasant when I can avoid tripping and stumbling!
Lord, keep me walking Your way.