Wednesdays

Wednesday/hump day is a strange animal for me.  I have very mixed feelings about this day ~ and the feelings depend on the time of the year.  If you haven’t read my previous post titled “ups and downs” I commend that to you ~ but you can still continue reading this post without being lost.

During the “down time” (May – August) Wednesdays are a quiet and relaxing day (even those Wednesdays that contain council meetings in the evening).  My secretary is not in and the phone usually is quiet (knock on wood) and there are no classes.  On these Wednesdays I take my time getting ready in the morning.  I usually try to get to my office by 8am on Mon, Tues and Thurs but these Wednesdays I usually stroll in sometime between 8 and 8:30am ~ almost like I am getting away with something when Vicki isn’t here 🙂

During the “up time” of the year (Sept – May) Wednesdays can be crazy.  It’s then that I have release time and confirmation classes ~ and Wednesday Night Live is in session along with some adult classes.   During this time of the year the second Wed of the month is especially crazy with ministerial meetings at noon AND church council after supper.  Those second Wednesdays are long ~ where extra coffee is usually required.

Wednesday are unique and require a whole different mindset than Mon, Tues and Thurs (Friday’s mindset is, well, nothing as that is my Sabbath Day).  But as I mentioned in my previous post, I see “ups and downs” throughout the year as a gift from God to keep me fresh in ministry.  I am wondering if Wednesdays (during the “down time” of the year) are that “mini gift” each week to mix things up for me.  It is like a fueling station before I hit Thursday (my worship and sermon prep day).  During the “up time” of the year, Wednesdays are a weekly reminder that it is only by the grace of God that I can do all things.  I can’t risk getting complacent when I am teaching my kids and leading adult studies week in and week out.  Maybe, just maybe, Wednesdays (and especially those 2nd Wednesdays) are God’s way of kicking me in the butt each week; reminding me of his incredible faithfulness.  And I know that God is faithful because for 7 years God hasn’t failed me yet on a busy Wednesday.  Praise be to God!

So today I am preparing for a Bible study I am leading tomorrow and preparing for a wedding I am presiding at this weekend.  It’s a quiet day.  I might even clean up my messy office (but don’t count on that).  Thank you God for Wednesday’s and all those “Wednesdays” in our lives that you gift us with.  You never cease to amaze me with your faithfulness and love.

-edh-