When I was a child Easter was almost as exciting as Christmas. My brothers and I would drag our bedding from our rooms and camp on my parents floor and in the morning we’d awake to see what the Easter bunny had brought us.
The one day of the year where having chocolate for breakfast is socially acceptable, I mean it’s pretty much a child’s dream right?
BUT there was this one year where my parents were crazy busy in the weeks leading up to Easter and making sure that chocolate eggs were purchased and hidden just wasn’t their priority. In fact they left it so last minute that all the chocolate was gone in the shops and we resorted to suspicious looking choc from the local garage.
Now, I’m not telling this story to point out my parents failings in buying us chocolate because we had plentyyyy from other family members and it really wasn’t their fault because they had been really busy, plus you’d think there’d be some eggs left on Easter Saturday!
I’m telling you this story because my brothers and I were CRUSHED. We were so overly-dramatic about the whole thing. Here’s what happens when we place all our expectation in man-made objects… they aren’t consistent. One year my parents might have popped down to TESCO on Easter Saturday to find a whole erray of chocolate eggs to chose from. But not that year.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that sometimes things don’t go as we want, or expect them to. Egg’s get sold out, they chose someone else for the job, your friend cancels plans with you, your essay didn’t get the marks you were expecting. People and circumstances are pretty much out of our control 99% of the time.
So, why does the Easter story change everything?
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of the King of Kings.
Jesus sacrificed His life so that we could have life.
Things can disappoint us (even chocolate- I know, difficult to believe). We can be hurt and let down. But He will never disappoint.
Things can change. He stays the same.
People can change. He stays the same.
The Easter story changes everything because it meant that we could be in relationship with God, a relationship where not only are we completely forgiven for our mistakes, we get to live an abundant life.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean everything goes to plan all the time. We will face disappointments from our circumstances but never our saviour.
I don’t think I will ever be able to quite articulate what Jesus’ love means to me but I do think Easter is a great opportunity to reflect on His sacrifice 2000 years ago. So, chocolate or no chocolate, this year I’m praising my God, I’m thanking him for changing everything.