Hump Week


By Mark Oestreicher

Hump Day CamelThese days between Christmas and New Years always seem odd to me. Sort of like a lame duck president, wrapping things up. It’s still 2014. We’re still deeply in ‘The Holiday Season.” We still have stomachs full of fruitcake and eggnog, and most of us having suddenly-past-tense decorations now teasing us to be taken down.

And, we’re almost there, to 2015. All that new stuff.

Every Wednesday is hump day (immortalized this past year by a talking camel – “What day is it, Mike? Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike? Its hump day!”). But this in-between holiday week feels like hump week. Wrapping up one thing, while anticipating the next.

Makes me think of the word “commencement.” The word itself, of course, means to start something. But youth workers and teenagers understandably connect the word to high school graduation. The commencement ceremony is a both/and deal. It marks both the end of something, and the beginning of something new.

So maybe we should think of this as Commencement Week. It’s certainly the wrap up to 2014; and it’s the launch of a whole new year.

Really, this in-between stuff is very present in our Christian story. It’s that Saturday after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday.

Let’s look back at this past year—in our personal lives and our ministries—with this mindset from 1 Chronicles 16:12…

Remember all the wonders he performed, the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth.

And moving past Hump Week, or this Commencement Week, let’s embrace Isaiah 43:18-19a…

But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?

Yeah, that’s the good stuff of hopeful, forward-leaning life. That’s the view from Hump Day to the Weekend, or from Hump Week to the New Year, or from the in-between space of Holy Saturday to Resurrection.