Xīngqīsān

Xīngqīsān (“Wednesday” in Mandarin Chinese)

There is a day during the week that exists and is like none other…a day that Josh and I both cease working, sometimes tending to the necessary tasks, other times relaxing completely. 星期三. Wednesday. [wɛnzde] WEDNESDAY! We look forward to it, prepare for it, and in return are rewarded with a day such as the one we had this week.

Ah, the sweetness of a road trip with the husband! It’s only by the grace of God that we can make our way through East Texas picking up a transcript in the craziness of students registering, visit my parents, stop to see my sweet seester, close a bank account, open another, and then travel to see Josh’s mommy, daddy, bro, sisters, and their precious babies. It’s been a beautiful reminder of the love of a mother and father. The concern they have for our lives and our wellbeing is tremendous. Then with our two-week-old niece, Madelyn Ruth, we see the nurturing care of a new mother and father. It’s worshipful to see attributes of our Heavenly Father expressed through our family.

The trip home gave way to deep conversation, making a new friend at a coffee shop in Athens, and the grand finale:

 

This brings to mind the Lord’s response to Job as it is so applicable for me. Was I there when the Lord laid the foundation of the earth (Job 38:4) Have I “comprehended the expanse of the [it] (Job 38:18a)? “Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness..(Job 38:19)? Just as Job, I am without words, for I am merely a woman, clay in Potter’s hands. I ultimately cannot determine my steps. It’s a glorious thing to know that I am meant to worship, not blindly, but with the infinite knowledge provided in the word of God. I know that from the rising to the setting of the sun, His name will be made great among the nations. I am sure that my husband and I were brought into a holy union to behold Jesus Christ. The closing of Ecclesiastes ends our Wednesday best: “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Eccl. 12:13).”

Xīngqīsān. A day of remembrance.

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