There’s something our parents never told us directly, but as I look back at Easter memories, all the signs were there. Evidently, we weren’t the sharpest bulbs or the brightest tools in the shed. Sure, we got good grades and seemed to be holding our own in the ‘smarts’ department, but then it happened. The Easter string.
We were staying at the Jersey shore one Easter, in the home of a family friend. We woke up on Saturday morning to hunt for candy, and my sister, brother and I each found our Easter string. It was a piece of yarn that started near our beds, and continued throughout the house all the way into the back yard. Along the way, we found our baskets, then candy and plastic eggs filled with goodies, until we reached the end of the string.
It was a fun time, but as I think back, well, what was that all about?! I had searched for and found candy many times before…and not just on Easter. I mean, I could have taught a college level course on “The Willy Wonka Journey: How to find the candy that doesn’t want to be found”. Sure, I could ask my dad why they did the string, but there’s that lurking fear of what the answer might be. I’ll just choose to believe it was more for my siblings than for me 😉
Whatever the reason, we’ll never forget the Easter string. We’ve had lots of laughs about it. I’m just glad the result remains the same – that Easter string led me where I needed to be.
This is one of many incredible Easter memories, but in the midst of it, my parents always made sure we knew what it was all about.
Easter has a point beyond eggs and candy and a bunny. Multiple big words are used to talk about Jesus at Easter, but it’s pretty simple to me. Easter is about the greatest love story ever! Jesus took my punishment on the cross, and rose again so that I can have eternal life with Him. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13, The Bible). Greatest love story…ever!
As I was thinking back on this story yesterday of that candy hunt (and smiling big!), I realized that I have a similar goal as a dad, too. I want to lead my children to the greatest prize there is. I want to show them Jesus. Not just on Easter weekend, but each and every day.
I want to show my children what real love is. I want to train them in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). I want them to know that Jesus isn’t someone who came to give a set of rules, to squash their fun, or to keep them from loving life. No way! I want them to know that Jesus came so they can “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). I want them to know that “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). And I want them to know that in a world confused about who God is, .
Let’s face it…this world has become pretty complex. May I be an “Easter string” that shows my children – and many others – the simple truth of Jesus.