About the events of Holy Wednesday, Scripture is silent. We just don’t know what happened.
So I wonder what Jesus and disciples did during this gap in the story.
Did the disciples and Jesus just relax, hang out, and enjoy the day?
Were there miracles, were people healed, or did Jesus do any teaching? If Jesus healed or taught one would think those events would have been remembered and recorded – especially on this important week.
Did Jesus steal away for some time steeling up his nerves for the days ahead? The disciples may have wondered a bit at his preoccupied manner, yet given the events of the previous days – the parade, the table-turning in the temple, and enduring the gauntlet of questions and quizzes from the various religious leaders – they may have thought he needed rest.
I wonder what they did with their free time. Did they rest well or did they squirm restlessly?
And it makes me wonder if I rest well. Am I mindful of gaps of time that open up in my schedule? Do I embrace them as gift or do I try to cram in another thing as I try to tick another item off my to-do list? (Do I even allow for gaps of time?) Or do I breathe and reflect upon the day or reflect upon those whom I love and those who love me?
We may have plans and expectations for the days or weeks ahead, but, honestly, we don’t know what will happen in the next hour that will change our lives forever.
I wonder if this ‘gap’ in the story might serve as an example of God’s continual awareness and provision for our daily needs – our daily bread. Maybe Jesus, aware of what lay ahead and knowing the disciples would need their strength and their wits about them, gave them the day off. In the midst of Jesus’ preoccupation with the cosmic events that lay ahead – like a good shepherd – he took time to care for the practical needs of the disciples, restoring them from what had happened and preparing them for what would occur.
I wonder how I can take a moment today, and each day actually, to “mind the gap” and to remember that God cares for me and for all of us. I wonder what I can do to make time to remember that God provides for us cosmically, and at the same time God provides our daily bread each and every day. Maybe that’s why praying the Lord’s Prayer can be an important daily discipline…
Do you have any gaps today in which you could take a moment to breathe and wonder – possibly even marvel – at God’s love and provision for you today?