I check my Fitbit. It is 11:58pm, and I have 15,718 steps for today.
I am on my second consecutive overnight shift, which usually sees me walking a bunch. I walked more than 8,000 steps this morning from midnight to 7:30 as my first shift ended. My shift this evening started at 7:00, and I already have 7,000 from that one. I’m scheduled to work until 7:00am, so you can do the math to figure out how much more I may walk.
As I think about all those steps, I have to reflect on where and why they were taken. I walked to the chapel to make sure things are ready for Sunday morning services. I walked to NICU, Pediatrics, and Pediatric ICU to see how the little patients, their families, and their care-givers are holding up. I walked through every unit of the core tower to talk with nurses and see how patients are doing. I checked prayer request boxes to see who has asked for prayers for their loved ones. I walked down to the Emergency Department several times for various situations. I walked to the heart hospital for a stroke. I walked a patient’s wife to a quiet room so the doctor could deliver heartbreaking news. I walked to a patient’s room because someone had died.
I think about each of those steps and the purpose they served. And I think about Jesus.
I think of Jesus and the walking he did. It was while walking along the Sea of Galilee that he called Simon, Andrew, James, and John to be his first disciples (John 1:16-20).
Jesus walked on water and called Peter to join him (Matthew 14:25-31).
Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, climbed a mountain, and allowed people who needed healing to come to him (Matthew 15:29-31).
According to the Apostle John, Jesus walked to his own death, carrying the cross on which he would die (John 19:17).
And to prove that the grave was not the end, Jesus walked with two of his disciples along the road to Emmaus after his resurrection, during which time he ministered to and encouraged them (Luke 24: 13-35).
Jesus took some of the most significant steps in history. He walked to so many people and made a difference in all of their lives. He walked to his death and made a way for us to be reunited with his Father. He walked out of his tomb and overcame death. Every one of his steps was for a purpose.
I want my steps in this new day to matter as much as the steps from yesterday. May your steps serve a purpose today, too.