One of my favorite things about this time of year is the upcycled use of plastic Easter eggs. Besides holding candy and random egg hunts in the house or the front yard, these little parabolic boxes of joy make great bath toys, magic tricks and can be used in juggling performances (speaking from my creative use of motherhood experience). But what I love the most, is looking into something and finding a lonely, missing or forgotten egg from one of our hunts. They often end up in visible places, such as the sink or underfoot in the living room and those aren’t so cute or acceptable. However, when I look over into my ‘wannabe’ knitting bag and see a pink plastic egg or put on a shoe but can’t seem to get past the egg blocking my toes, I can’t help but smile.
Just like God delights in the prodical son, the lost sheep found, the wandering soul, we come back home, love finds us right where we are. We might be only plastic and flimsy on the outside, but God can fill us with sweet things like a plastic egg.
Below are just a few verses that demonstrate this fact :) Enjoy!
1 John 3:9 – “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”
1 John 4:10 – 16 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
Luke 15:3-7 – “Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
And that is Easter – with plastic eggs and all, it’s about God’s love for us – so much so that He sent his Son to save us.