Resurrection Eggs for kids

Time for an Easter Egg Hunt!

And no egg hunt would be complete without a dozen Resurrection Eggs to tell the story of the very first Easter. Each egg has a surprise hidden inside. Symbols retelling Jesus’ journey to the cross and His triumphant resurrection. You can use these eggs with your own children on Easter Sunday, during Lent with your church family, or if you dare: host an egg hunt like I did one year.

I had great expectations for a lovely small party. God had other plans! 

Here’s my story:

Many Easters ago, I envisioned an elegant party for our youngest daughter and her friends. {Our oldest daughter joined me as co-host.} We made and mailed invitations for 5 of her young friends. Delicious desserts, handmade chocolates, finger sandwiches and yummy snacks were on our menu. I bought a DVD of a Veggie Tales Easter story for the girls to watch. We loved having parties and no party would be complete without a few games. We chose some fun games to play and I decided to end the party with a good old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt! I purchased a dozen plastic eggs per girl. Filling them with goodies I found at my local Christian bookstore. I bought a carton of Resurrection Eggs, thinking this would be a fun way to share Jesus with the girls.

My plans were going wonderfully. The party would be perfect! Six little girls giggling; searching inside my small home for hidden eggs in their pastel Easter dresses. I numbered the Resurrection Eggs and would allow each girl to find two of them. As each little girl would present her numbered egg in order, I would tell them the story of Jesus and Easter and life would be good!

Those were my plans. Controlled. Quiet. Pink and Frilly.

Now, let me tell you GOD’s plan:

Once the invitations were delivered, it began.

The first phone call came. A mother asking if a few siblings could attend as well. I hesitated. [My plans!] But thought, I should share Jesus with those kids too. I did some recalculations and decided the girls could each find nine eggs now rather than fourteen. No big deal. Well, then…

…another call came followed by another. And so on. My party dreams were spiraling out of control. Soon I had brothers and sisters and cousins and friends and parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles on my guest list. You have to understand something about me. <<I am an organizational freak.>> I had notes upon notes and a schedule and party game rules and recipes for FIVE guests! What was I going to do?? I now had over FIFTY people coming! I couldn’t fit everyone inside my home!!

Panic set in and honestly, at first I was miffed that my plans were hijacked.

The thought to cancel played with my mind. I was no longer in control. Yet…somehow I sensed peace. Where I wanted to share Jesus with 5, God placed in front of me the opportunity to share Him with 50! Wow. What was I complaining about?? Ugh.

In the midst of my chaos, there I find God in complete control.

Once God had given me a much-needed attitude adjustment, I fervently went to work changing my entire itinerary. I bought more eggs while some parents helped by donating some. We hid eggs all around our homestead, recording the exact location of each Resurrection Egg. The children gathered on the patio while the adults stood close behind. One by one, the Resurrection Eggs were opened to reveal their hidden treasure. And the story of Jesus was proclaimed.

“You must be very careful not to forget the things you have seen God do for you. Keep reminding yourselves, and tell your children and grandchildren as well.”

~ Deuteronomy 4:9  (CEV)

Fancy food was not served. No frilly dresses. The DVD never played. My plans did not see the light of day. But His did!

And, it was one of the bestest days of my life!!