I am so blessed to be able to babysit my two grand kids each week. It’s only for a day, but still, to hear their laughter and see their smiles makes the week fly until I can see them again. On one particular day, Percy was napping and I was able to spend some one-on-one time with Joy. She wanted to look at my Ukrainian Eggs. One by one, she held an egg and told me why she liked it or didn’t like it. She decided upon her favorites and then sat and listened to my explanation.
|Some of my Ukrainian Eggs|
You see, I love creating. Anything. When I had the opportunity to learn how to make Ukrainian Eggs, well, it was just meant to be! My husband’s grandparents came to the United States from Russia. This was a chance for me to add a bit of his heritage and culture into our home. I learned the process and began making these lovely creations and still have a deep desire to continue this craft.
Everything about a Ukrainian Egg is representative of something else. The color, the symbol, and even the egg itself. And the best part is that each symbol leads to God! Yes, they are an evangelistic tool. So, I was once again given the opportunity to share with Joy the great news of the Gospel.
Symbols were very important to God throughout the Bible and we’ve carried that importance throughout the history of the world. You may be thinking of some, but I’ll give you a few here.
- The Rainbow – represents God’s promise to never destroy the earth by flood again (Genesis 9:12-17)
- Baptism – represents the death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:1-4)
- The Dove – represents the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:21-22)
- The Lord’s Supper – represents the body and blood of Christ (1Corinthians 11:17-26)
- The Bride and Bridegroom – represents the Church, God’s people and Jesus (Ephesians 5:22-33)
- The Empty Tomb – represents hope, eternal life, victory (1 Peter 1:3-5)
As I said, each symbol on a Ukrainian Egg means something. I was delighted to find that the symbol for “joy” was the red poppy. Each time I see a red poppy, I think of my granddaughter, as well as the joy in my life because Jesus is my personal savior. What about you? Do you see something and automatically think of someone or Jesus? I pray that you do.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,