The first year of my marriage I wanted to spruce up our little apartment for Easter, so I went out and bought an Easter lily. I thought it looked so regal on our kitchen table. It stood tall and strong and at the same time it was whimsical and beautiful. I loved it! That same week I came down with a cold, or so I thought. My nose constantly ran, my eyes watered, my body seized and convulsed with frequent sneezing. My brain and vision felt fuzzy. You guys, it took me a whole week to figure out I was allergic to lillies. I didn’t think I had any plant allergies, but clearly I did. I passed the lily on for someone else to enjoy.
This is the week of Easter and the stores are blooming with spring flowers, including of course the regal, but dreaded, Easter lily. This year when I saw the lilies it reminded me on how that lily had had such a strong immediate effect on my physical health. It got me thinking, how much I would much rather have Easter itself have a strong and immediate impact on my spiritual health. I want the truth of the sacrifice of Christ’s dying for sins to seize my soul. My brain goes fuzzy as I attempt to comprehend the depths of His love for me. My eyes will run tears of joy this Easter Sunday as I celebrate that my Savior is ALIVE!
I want my three young children to share in the excitement of this glorious holiday. We will do the traditional egg coloring and egg hunt. We have started the tradition of the Resurrection eggs, so cool! This week I asked my three-year-old son, “What is Easter all about?” He innocently responded, “Bunnies and Jesus?” I smiled, but inside I cringed. I clarified, “Easter is about Jesus rising from the grave. Bunnies are just for pretty.” I love decorating the house with bunnies. They are fun and whimsical, but if they dare take away from impact of the true meaning of Easter I will have rabbit STEW!!! The kids’ collection of Easter bunny books have been miraculously replaced with colorfully illustrated books about Jesus!
How does Easter impact your soul? Let’s give all the glory and honor to Jesus NOT the Easter bunny.