Tupac Shakur once said, “I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up...and handle it.” In a way, this is exactly what we remember and celebrate every Easter! Christ arose from the tomb not in the light of day but, the Bible says, “while it was still dark.” When all hope was lost and before the sun rose, the stone was rolled away and a Jewish carpenter stepped out of his borrowed tomb. And because of this, the dawn has come and we can all have hope.
Easter reminds us that no matter what the world throws at us, the best is yet to come.
Isn’t it interesting that on our brightest and most cheerful season in the church year, darkness plays such an integral role in the story? Anne Lamott puts it this way, “Easter’s context is darkness.” To me, this is exceedingly meaningful. Because Christ’s resurrection happened in the dark, I am full of hope – because even in the darkest of times, I trust the dawn will come. I trust that what is up ahead is not the worst, but the best. Therefore, no matter how dark it gets, as Tupac says, let’s stick out our chests, keep our heads up, and handle it.*
*My only footnote here is that we never “handle it” on our own, because Christ promises to be with us always. You are never alone, so don’t give up.
Keep on keeping on.