Easter – new day, new beginnings, new hope
Ruth Starkings describes how Easter symbolises a new start and how we can have a new perspective.
"With every sun comes a new day. A new beginning. A hope that things will be better today than they were yesterday."
The above is the opening quote from the Dreamworks film 'The Croods'. They are spoken by Eep, who is not very happy with her life and dreams of 'new beginnings', her story is of how her world changed in an instant to something she never expected or imagined.
As I watched the film, the opening words really struck a chord with me. Those words have stayed with me and what I hold onto now is that with every sun comes a new day. Things may not always be better but there is always something brighter to be seen. I have been able to discover this by changing my perspective.
For me, Easter reinforces the truth that with every sun comes a new day. A time of change, of finding that brighter place. It is a time of year when the view around is changing. Spring is happening, colours change, new life is growing, flowers are breaking through and suddenly you notice things are so much lighter. As we experience the season of Easter, all that is going on around can lead to a change in perspective.
Maybe, thinking back to that very first Easter, people were overwhelmed by what had just happened. Their friend had been taken from them and killed. The one they thought would rescue them was gone and I imagine that all hope had gone too.
However, just three days later, the view became so much brighter and hope returned - their lives changed in an instant. Jesus was alive. The tomb was empty, and the darkness and despair gave way to hope and joy. They turned around to a better view. A new beginning.
So, as we celebrate Easter we can stand in the hope of a new beginning. We may choose to remember what happened that first Easter and how, when the view seemed so dark, all of a sudden it became so much brighter and so much better. A new beginning that brought hope to everyone and still does bring hope today. It gives us courage to turn from the empty tomb, to change our perspective and to look out on the view that is before us.
To know that in Easter there is hope, there is newness and a better, brighter day. To stand in the victory, knowing that Jesus fought for us and won. His sacrificial love leading to the world changing in an instant, giving us hope for something we might never have expected or imagined.
The above image is courtesy of https://pixabay.com
Ruth Starkings is the Family Worker at Meadow Way Chapel in Hellesdon. She also enjoys writing, and just over a year ago started a blog called ‘With Every Sun Comes A New Day.’
The views carried here are those of the author, not of Network Norwich and Norfolk, and are intended to stimulate constructive debate between website users.