“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.”
When I saw this Easter egg in the labyrinth yesterday while rushing to hide eggs for our church’s hunt, it struck me. Walking the path to the center, to new life, to birth. A reminder that we are called to walk, asking God to “lead us” to himself. To lead us to new life.
Yesterday at breakfast, Alex asked, “What is Easter all about? Is it about chocolate, eggs, and bunnies?” I started laughing. Mostly laughed because it’s the question you almost wish your child would ask. The perfect opportunity to share the real meaning.
Wanting to know…this WANTING TO KNOW is dangerous. It is never easy. It is often a journey filled with many questions. Few answers. Some fear. The rest of the verse in Philippians 3:10 says, “….and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death.” Wanting to know means also walking this path to death. Becoming like Christ. Sharing in his sufferings.
On Easter, though, I still want to know the power of his resurrection. To REALLY KNOW IT. To GET it. To understand the enormity that Christ conquered death. To know he acted in deep love to fully enter into our deepest sufferings and pain.
And luckily, even though the road isn’t easy. Even though the story to be written in our own lives never promises a journey without pain. Despite all this, I wanted to tell Alex, “THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING….”
From Girl Meets God, via Mama Monk….
“The Last Battle, the final volume of Lewis’s Narnia chronicles, pictures the end of time. Aslan—the lion who represents Jesus—has returned, folding all of culture and humanity into his kingdom. In the novel’s lasts pages, he tells Lucy, a child from London, that everyone she knew back in Blighty is dead and raised to new life. And as Aslan spoke, writes Lewis, “the things that began to happen…were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beninning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were begining Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better that the one before.
On Easter, we glimpse the beginning of Chapter One.
-Lauren F. Winner, Girl Meets God (193-194)
may you know the power of his resurrection as chapter one unfolds….