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IMG_0631It sounded like a good idea at the time.

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.


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My yard is a disaster!  Colorful, blooming flowers are gone.  Tall ornamental grasses are now short, green spikes leaving only a hint of the beauty that once adorned my backyard.  So many summer afternoons my family played baseball there, but now a huge digger truck sits in the middle of small mountains of dirt.

I think sometimes we all feel on the inside what my backyard looks like right now.  We enjoyed the happy times of yesterday and we’re not sure what is going on today.

One of the benefits of being in children’s ministry is that I get to study lessons throughout the week before teaching the kids.  This week I got to share the true story of David and Goliath.  During the time that I was preparing I happened to speak with many people who were walking through difficult times.  Some were going through things that no one should ever have to endure.  As I read about David I noticed something.

David was taking care of his dad’s sheep when his dad sent him to the battlefield to check on his brothers.  When he arrived he found giant Goliath taunting the Israelite army and making fun of their God.  David could have run and hid along with everyone else, but he didn’t.  He remembered how God had helped him in the past, even killing a lion and a bear.  David knew that God would help him win the victory over Goliath.  And he ran right toward Goliath.  You know the rest of the story.  David remembered that God is always good and he counted on God for courage.  A good lesson for all of us.

God didn’t put Goliath in the valley that day and David didn’t cause that trouble, but David knew God would help him deal with it.  Later David wrote Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee,” (NASB).  This battle that David fought against Goliath helped to prepare him and the Israelites for later becoming the king of Israel and it brought glory to God.

As we walk through difficult times, we can count on God to be with us and help us, just like David did.  God can even use those times to prepare us for something. He is never caught by surprise and He has good plans for us.

So my yard is a disaster area right now, but soon it will be beautiful again.  Just different.  It will never be the same.  It is currently being prepared for a pool where someday we will swim, splash and play.  New memories will be made, but we will never forget those days we played baseball right in that spot with frisbee bases and plastic balls.  Yes, those were good times.  But better days are ahead.  Eventually the digger truck will leave.  The grass will be replaced, cement will be poured and new flowers will be planted.  And this awful mess will be a distant memory.  And we will swim.