Many years ago, we were headed home from Pratt. Robin and Casey had been doing the high school-sister bicker-a-thon all day long. Nothing really serious, just doing whatever it took to annoy the other one. Our three angelic girls could fight like hell-cats at times. Their little brother’s life ambition was to know what buttons to push to get his sisters to scream, so I was pretty immune to any ruckus. It had to involve blood, broken bones, or fire to catch my attention.
Back and forth these two went. If things quieted down, the other would fire it back up. No one was innocent. Casey started putting her feet up on her older sister. This drove Robin to the edge and she took matters into her hands by grabbing the black flip-flops off Casey’s feet and throwing them out the window at 65 mph. Robin shouted a triumphant ‘Ah-Ha!”
I happened to glance in the rear-view mirror as Casey calmly and coolly told her sister, “It doesn’t matter to me. Those were your flip-flops…”
Robin’s expression was priceless. It was a mix of shock, anger, and the wind being completely taken out of her devious sails. Her shrewd plan had been foiled and her own flip-flops had been used against her. She was defeated and she knew it.
Today is Easter and I can’t help but think of how Satan (not to be confused with Robin by any means) had rallied every force he could against God’s own Son. He swayed over the government, convinced the crowd to yell ‘crucify”, and even snookered some of Jesus’s own friends to betray and deny him. He used a cross, tomb, and 24 hour guards to seal the deal. Oh, the satisfaction of successful plan going down. How he had to have gloated and strutted! He had won!
But, Sunday morning dawned. The wooden cross meant to put the stake through the heart of God turned into a symbol of forgiveness, redemption, and the greatest love ever given. The classic flip-flop of all time.
God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code with it’s regulations, that was against us, that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers of authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2: 13-15.
Happy Easter to all!