I had heard about the arrows.
Walmart was adding “one-way aisles” in its stores to direct traffic flow. It was one of its safety measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
But I forgot about it. I was shopping for groceries as normal, going in and out of the aisles at my choosing.
Until…I looked down. I was going the wrong way.
How had I missed these these huge green arrows on the floor that said “Shop this way” and the big red ones, “Do not shop this way”?
We don’t always like being told what to do. We like forging our own path. We might not even notice the signs anyway. Or if we do, we might not understand why they’re there.
This applies spiritually as much as physically.
Even though as believers we’re told to keep our eyes on things above, we’re told, too, to follow Christ’s footsteps, which means also looking down.
And actually following the arrows we see.
If we believe God to be good, we can also believe that his guidance to us is good. He is worth following. He won’t lead us wrong.
Compassion > Convenience
Now I’m keenly aware of the arrows on Walmart’s floor. They’re not always convenient; I’m having to take extra steps to enter an aisle from the proper direction instead of weaving in and out like I was used to.
But that’s okay. I’m getting more exercise this way. I still have access to every aisle. And it’s keeping us all a little safer.
The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 14 to willingly trade in a little personal freedom for the greater good. Following Christ means watching out for each other. It’s for our good, too.
God cares more about our compassion than our convenience.
I want to follow his arrows.
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Our featured post this week is also about following Christ’s footsteps. Sharon Hazel writes in “Following the Footsteps” about the painted footprints on her town’s sidewalks, leading children to their new school. And how Jesus leaves footprints for us to follow as well.
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