Ever hear or say – “I’m tired of walking…how much further?…do you have to park so far away from the door?…how many steps have you taken today?” It is as if every step in our world seems to be measured. I purposefully park far away from the entrance of where I am going…I want to save the closer spaces for those who don’t have those capabilities. I wear a Garmin and the number of my steps are tracked every day. My steps lead me to work and around my house…to church… But, rarely do I see my steps as sacred…at least not when I am taking them. Sacred – connected to God, holy, hallowed, blessed…
Looking back over the past, though, is a different story. The sacred begins to appear as I consider where my footsteps have taken me. I remember taking the sacred steps as I walked down the aisle almost 20 years ago with my beautiful bride arm in arm and we started our forever journey. I remember walking the steps of the hospital as we made our way to experience the unbelievable birth of our babies. I have experienced sacred steps in that same hospital of life and death…the long stark halls filled with tears of pain and of joy. I have watched as God entered a life and as life left…all sacred steps (and a whole different picture all together when those steps are with you on the stretcher). I have walked the journey with people that celebrated miracles and mourned loss. I walked sacred steps to be baptized and ordained into the ministry and walked those same steps to baptize others. I have walked sacred steps as I crossed the platform at Campbell Divinity School to receive the Master of Divinity Degree. And I walk sacred steps as I begin a new journey in pursuit of another degree.
Do steps become sacred simply because of that particular moment? I don’t think so. I think steps become sacred because God is in them…because we are walking a little closer to him…because he is guiding us. When I consider sacred steps, I am reminded of some of the most sacred recorded in the Bible. Adam and Eve walking with God…Imagine actually taking steps WITH God…that had to be sacred. Moses had an experience with God and God told him to take off his shoes, he was on Holy Ground…sacred steps before a burning bush. It is recorded in Romans that the feet of those who bring the good news are beautiful…I have to imagine that the steps they take are also sacred. Jesus took the journey on the road to his own crucifixion and then on the road with friends after his resurrection to Emmaus…sacred steps. Those who walk by faith, not by sight are walking a sacred journey.
It is important to also understand that some sacred steps aren’t actual steps at all. Some are traveled in a wheelchair or even on a hospital bed. Some are traveled in the hearts of those who cannot move physically. Sacred steps take us on a journey to and with God. Know that they can be frightening….painful…tiring…sorrowful. They are also peaceful…joyful…rejuvenating…enlightening. These are steps taken with our Creator. They carry you somewhere you have never been before or places you have visited many times, just in new ways. Where might your sacred steps take you today? May we find our way on this journey…no matter the bumps, bruises, scrapes, hills, or valleys…just step forward…God is there.
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