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Linda Beck: What’s so special about Wednesday?

Wednesday is referred to as “Hump Day.” So what’s so special about that? There are seven days in a Christian week with Sunday being the “Sabbath.” As shown on the calendar, Wednesday is the “middle” of the week. For those who go to school or work forty-hour weeks, the end of the day on Wednesday tells that their school/work week is “over the hump.” Then there will be that day of rest.

Genesis 2:1-3 tells us that “by the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he rested from all the work he had done.”

So how many folks really rest on Sunday these days? When I was a child here in the Bible-belt of the South, most businesses were closed on Sunday. Most “Mom and Pop Stores” and other working folks needed their rest. Now the big box stores require people to work on Sunday if they want a job. I remember when my grandsons wanted part-time work; they were turned down because their father, who was a youth minister, would not allow them to work on Sunday.

Even though my parents did not attend church, I remember that we were not allowed to cut with scissors or use a needle to sew on Sunday. I could play with paper dolls but could not cut clothes out for them. Mostly we were allowed to read or play quietly, but never with cards.

We never had a telephone and only about three channels on TV. The main thing we watched on Sunday night after church was “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Sometimes we visited friends and family on Sunday afternoon.

My husband and I often “played” in our yard on Sunday because we loved the beauty God had given us to enjoy. And we certainly found that work restful compared to our jobs. Now living alone, I do watch TV a lot more than I ever had; there are, however, commercials that I get so tired of seeing over and over. And that was the real reason for this column! Sometimes I think if I hear the “hump day commercial” one more time, I might just scream! We use to have to get up to change channels or adjust the volume, but NOW I praise God for remote controls  It was interesting, however, that I had read the little brochure, The Seated Camel” that came with the Christmas gift that I gave my daughter. I decided to refresh my knowledge about camels on the internet. They range in color from yellowish tan to yellowish brown. I’ve been told that if they are angered or frustrated they will spit at others. They are ruminant animals and chew their cuds like cows do. There are two types of camels, the Bactrian camel and the Dromedary. One kind has one hump and the other has two. They can retain water and travel up to around 30 miles a day. Camels are quadrupeds meaning they have four legs. Lessons about their extremely large feet and their protectors from sand storms taught me a lot.

The next few paragraphs are quoted from the brochure, “The Seated Camel.” The little caravan traveled to a distant oasis led by a proud camel. He knew the route and was accompanied by his eldest offspring, who was on his very first caravan. Entering the grove, the driver removed empty drinking vessels and ran to the well. “We must move on,” he shouted.

“But what if the nearest well has no water either?” asked another man. A loud argument was settled in favor of leaving. Surely a long night’s trip without water was unwise, thought the little camel. The elder animal must have agreed, for he sat down in the sand followed by all the others and refused to budge.

Midnight arrived and the lead camel saw a golden burst of celebration filling the sky. An angel hovered above and told of a Savior born in Bethlehem. The young camel looked upon his father’s face. Had his father known all along that a miracle would take place during the night?

Morning came. The men awoke and instantly remembered their dilemma. Frantically they tried to get the camels up…until they heard the sound…WATER. The well was filled nearly to the brim, and the camels watched as the men rejoiced!

We all know that we can live without water for only a short amount of time on this earth. But Jesus Christ is the living water that waits for our request and when we answer his call, we will never have to wait for that plastic bottle of water.

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