My Children’s Ministry Magazine had an idea to “egg” your neighbors’ homes with the story of Easter. It seemed so simple and fun. Copy the Bible verses, cut them, put them and candy into 12 plastic Easter eggs, leaving one egg empty because Jesus is alive – not dead in the tomb anymore. Then secretly hide them in their yards and leave a note on their door so they know they’ve been egged. What a fun way to share Easter with your neighbors!
I decided it would be fun to “egg” the children that I teach in my Good News Club. My son and I went to the store for eggs and candy. We printed and cut the Bible verses and door notes, filled the eggs, and prepared many sacks of 12 eggs along with addresses and directions to each child’s home. Then in the morning while the children were at school, we went out and hid eggs. A lot of eggs. Do you have any idea how many children are in my Good News Club? There are a lot! But my son and I kept going. And going. Hiding eggs. Driving. Looking for another home. Hiding more eggs. Staying away from barking dogs wondering what we’re up to. Wondering why in the world we thought this was a good idea. And hiding more eggs. Finally we were done.
I decided to stop at the grocery store to get something easy for dinner from the meat counter. The people there are so friendly. The man behind the counter asked us if we were doing anything fun that day. My son and I looked at each other and said, “No. We’re NOT doing anything fun.” And we laughed. The man probably wondered what we had been doing that day to get such a reaction.
But we all have days like that, don’t we. When we’re in the middle of something that is difficult. Or something that is not what we thought we signed up for. Maybe it’s a class in school that we’re trying so hard to earn an A in. Or maybe it’s spending way too many hours at work. Or maybe it’s taking care of a newborn that we love, but isn’t able to show us any appreciation while they cry and keep us up all night – no smile or anything. Or maybe it’s feeling alone while taking care of a loved one. Or volunteering in ministry and wondering if what we’re doing is worth our time and effort. Or “egging” several children’s homes. It can seem like no one understands, no one appreciates our hard work and it just doesn’t matter.
But it does matter. Especially when that difficult class is over and you earned that A. When you reach your career or financial goal. When that baby finally smiles at you. When you’re loved one holds your hand. When someone in your ministry says, “thank you” and when a child leaves an egg on your front porch.
Yes, that’s what happened. I was “egged.” The next morning I found an egg on my front porch. Inside was a note written by a child that said, “Mrs. Lori, Thank you for teaching me all about God and Jesus.”
You know what? That “egging” trip was fun! Filling the eggs, finding the houses, staying away from barking dogs. It was all worth it.