When the egg was broken open by clumsy fingers,
The yolk had become dark like chocolate
Oozing out with a sweet metallic scent,
Unexpected but not unpleasant.
Fingers swirled in the dark silk,
Dipping it out, inspecting it closely,
Not daring to taste.
Knowing that in the tasting came the consequences.
He said, “It is finished,” and allowed Death to embrace Him.
His blood ran dark, with the sweet metallic scent of life lost.
A broken egg, broken for me, daring me to touch,
To taste, to know His pain so I could ingest His life.
If the egg remained whole, no one would benefit.
The spilled contents lay hidden for three days,
Bringing fresh life, new life, new hope
To those who weren’t afraid
To sit with a cracked egg.
I’ve not written much poetry lately. It’s an art form that often confuses people with images and words depicting pictures seen but not always understood. With Easter just past, with eggs and bunnies being a focus for so many little people, this made sense.
It reminds me that we live in liminal spaces. That’s such an incredible word–living in the in-between. Between what is known and comfortable and what is next and not yet seen. The whole egg represents all kinds of possibilities for food and unusual recipes. Once broken, you can’t put it back. You use it or lose it. That between space, after it’s cracked before it’s cooked is where life happens. We know what we have; we must begin to see what’s available so that we can move toward possibilities.
God sees what we don’t. He exists beyond the finite and knows everything.
“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like Me. Only I can tell you the future before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.” Isaiah 46:9-10
Living in the in-between draws the question: What does God wish to do? What can we not see?
“And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become LIKE HIM.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Those who know God through Jesus are being changed from the inside out to become more like the One who created us. Not with the power of creation from nothing, and not the strength to put to flight all enemies. But with the ability to be filled with His thoughts, feel with His love, and choose the better way that will grow us into being more like Jesus. Acting in kindness, compassion, and courage rather than selfish desires and fear.
So we wait for what is to come, but not mindlessly or without hope. We have good things we can do here that God already knows about. He’s actually planned good things for us to do.
All we have to do is be willing to crack an egg.