Holy Wednesday, while an important part of Holy Week, is not really as important as the Big Three. (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, natch.) However, all day long I've been feeling like Holy Wednesday just felt really important, and I just realized why.
Last year Easter was on April 20, so a few weeks later than this year. If you've been following this blog for a while that you might remember that at that time last year I was elbow deep in studying for my Journalism comps, spending every waking moment I wasn't at work at the library. It was a really tough time. I was exhausted, working a gazillion hours a day, and generally just emotionally and physically beat down. Then Holy Wednesday happened.
With that, I give you a re-post of the post I posted (I need a thesaurus apparently) on Holy Wednesday last year. It is simply entitled "Holy Wednesday."
It is 10:12 p.m. and I am still at the library studying for my exam. It looks like I may be home too late to publish today's readings from Jesus Today and Daily Reflections for Lent, and I'm sorry. But what's great is that instead I will share a brief story about God's goodness and answered prayers, and I cannot think of anything more appropriate for Holy Week.
I entered the library today a little before 6 p.m., plugged my computer in, pulled out all my readings and notes and settled in for a long night of studying. Once I'd laid everything out I realized I had forgotten to bring water with me. Now, if you know me you know this is a travesty because I have a huge fear of thirst. I can't go to a movie or anything without a drink because I am afraid of being thirsty. And being thirsty is the worst I think. Like being hungry stinks, but I can deal with it. Being thirsty, on the other hand, takes up allllllllllllllllll my brain power and all I can think about is how thirsty I am. (The only person I have ever met who shares this fear is Story.)
I panicked for one second because I am here alone and have no one to watch my stuff while I look for water. As I was about to enter full on freak out (Am I thirsty yet? How about now? Thirsty yet?) I realized that there was an easy solution: pray. So I quickly looked up and said to God, God please send me some water. I figured we should ask God to meet all our needs, so I did.
A short while later, my best friend Melissa and her daughter Mackenzie showed up at the library with, you guessed it, water. And also with donuts. :) The Lord really blessed me and answered my little prayer for water, probably shaking His head with what little faith I have. He showed me that if He can be faithful in the little things, He will be faithful in the big things as well. And the fact that Mel showed up with water AND donuts? Well, as Saint Paul would say: Now to Him, who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think.
A blessed Holy Wednesday indeed.