Maybe I’m reading in a lot more than what’s in this proverb, but to me, it is speaking of people who seem to have it all together. Those whom—on our more hectic and overwhelming days—we find ourselves envious. You know the type; perfect life, perfect body, family, job, marriage, etc. They always seem to have their “ducks in a row,” and seem to float through life as if on the still waters of a tranquil pond.
What am I getting at? Well, when you see ducks on the water, they are the picture of grace. Gliding effortlessly, they are seemingly so in tune with their environment, so above the fray of trying to stay afloat, we find ourselves envious of their ease. But if you could look beneath the surface, those big webbed duck feet are paddling like crazy—whatever it takes to keep up the appearance. More often than not, it is the same with people.
So when you find yourself envious of the life of someone else, keep this in mind. More than likely they are paddling against the troubles of life just as much as you may be.
The Apostle John speaks, "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment (John 7:24 NIV)
Wouldn’t it be nice of all of us could be honest with each other and stop working so hard to keep up appearances? Maybe then we could all just hold onto each other and float.